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Edwin Henry Bennett

Born: 1846
Died: 19th April 1903

Intro, Biographical Information, Notes etc:

Edwin Henry Bennett, of Cardiff
"A man greatly beloved," who spent his strength in caring for and ministering to the saints in Cardiff and throughout South Wales, and who was well known and much esteemed among saints everywhere for his self-denying labours of love.  Although he had the control of a large business, he always found or took time to look after the Lord's work, and was seldom absent from any of the meetings in Adamsdown Hall, where for many years he was in church fellowship and bore the chief share of all the burdens, cares, and labours connected with the work there, besides giving continual counsel, help, and loving labour to the other Assemblies. He was a man of well-balanced mind, firm and uncompromising for the truth, holding it with a grasp of steel in the face of all opposition, yet wise and gracious toward those who differed from him.  This through grace, was the secret of his success in dealing with many a difficult question, and in steering through such difficult times as have upset and foundered many a testimony.  We often wondered at his powers of endurance, and admired the grace that enabled him to go on, amid much weakness of body still serving the Lord.  He took part in the meeting held at Adamsdown Hall on Good Friday, and then went to Clifton, Bristol, for change and rest.
There, on the morning of April 20th, it was found he had "fallen asleep," during the night.  Thus peacefully ended a long and busy life of devoted and unselfish service for the Lord, such as we have seldom seen.  Much prayerful sympathy will go forth to his widow, who was in all his service a true helpmeet, and to the members of his family who will sorely miss a father and brother, while the saints of God—in Cardiff especially—must keenly feel the loss of one, to whose incessant prayers and toils on their account, they owe far more than they will ever know on earth.  Several well-known books were written by Mr. Bennett, including  "A Brief Memoir of Robert C. Chapman" and "The Life Story of John Hambleton"; he also edited "Truths for the Children of God" containing the ministry of the late Henry Cummins, of Bow.  In a M.S.S. book sent to us by our departed brother some months ago, there are many valuable Notes and Thoughts on Scriptural Subjects, which we hope to give our readers the benefit of in these pages, from time to time.  He was a diligent student of the Word, and these papers contain much precious and edifying truth.
"The Believer's Magazine" 1903 p60.

Who departed to be "with Christ," which is "very far better," on Sunday, 19th April, 1903.
Some ten years ago, when staying in Leominster in the house of a friend, Mr. Bennett was told by the mother that her daughter, who was ill, was longing for "the wings of a dove to fly away and be at rest" (Psalm lv. 6). He drew his pocket Bible out and opened it at Psalm lvii., verses 1 and 2, as he said: "I like to link the two thoughts together; when desiring to fly from trouble, we may fly to the shadow and shelter of the wings of the Eternal God, and there make our refuge till these calamities be overpast." Two days before his home-call he had gone to Bristol to consult a specialist about his heart, and on the following day was entreated not to go out to the morning meeting for breaking of bread, as it was feared it would be too much for his feeble condition. But he pleaded, "Do leave me the only joy I have on earth,'' and he went; and also to hear Dr. Pierson preach at Bethesda in the evening.  He then walked back to his apartments, retired to rest for the night, and when Mr. G. F. Bergin called to bid him "Good-bye" in the morning, he found that the freed spirit of our brother had entered the rest of God above, to know the uninterrupted and eternal joy of His presence for whom his heart longed.
"The Witness" 1903 p94.

MORE than eighty years have passed by since a few believers began to meet simply in the Lord's name in a private house in Cardiff.  God blessed that humble beginning, the fruits of which are to be seen to-day. In Cardiff district alone there are about twenty-four assemblies, while in South Wales, they number eighty-five in all, not including a number of other gatherings who meet on more or less "Exclusive" lines. Development in Cardiff was greatly helped forward by Edwin H. Bennett, a prominent business man at Cardiff Docks, and son of one of the original three who started breaking bread in 1852.  A devoted and able leader of assembly life, Mr. Bennett was the mainstay of the work at Adamsdown, and proved himself a zealous worker throughout the district until his home-call in 1903.
"The Story of a Great Recovery"  Chapter 34 1st paragraph.

Martin said ...
Echoes of Service 1903, has the following note on page 180 ("Fallen Asleep"): "April 20th, at Bristol, EDWIN H. BENNETT, of Cardiff. A most active life in labour for Christ, as well as in business, was brought to a close quietly, apparently in sleep. Though ill for some time he was present twice at meetings on the previous day. Very many servants of Christ in other lands, who have been at Cardiff, will understand the loss that will be widely felt in South Wales.

The Believers' Magazine, New Series 29 (1928), page iv of the cover of MAY, 1928, informs us: "On March 21, Louisa Elizabeth, Cardiff, widow of Edwin Henry Bennett, was called home in her 84th year. She was in Adamsdown Hall over 50 years. To her two sons and daughter who survive her we tender our sympathy."

According to D. J. Beattie's book "Brethren the Story of a great Recovery", page 162 the name of Edwins's father was "William". The website mentions the son of a William Bennett, called Edwin Henry, born 6th January 1839, which might be the right one.
Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018 : 03:33
Tom said ...
To the last point, I think the 1847 birth date is correct as agrees with the death record. Also he was born in Glastonbury in Somerset, rather than Birmingham. Though is father was a William it seems.
Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018 : 17:00

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