Simeon Noall

Portrait of Rev. Simeon Noall
from: Collection of engravings of British Methodist clergy (with premission).


As part of my research on possible connections between my ancestors and the Nowells and Newells of Cornwall (see parent page of this report) I investigated the life of the Rev. Simeon Noall a Cornish Methodist Missionary who served in Newfoundland between 1824 and 1829. The publication Newfoundland and its Missionaries by Rev. William Wilson, (1866 ) summarizes his life (see below) but does not provide any details on his early life and family so I investigated further. This research did not uncover any direct connections to my family but I did uncover some more details of his life which I have documented in this report.

Ministry in Newfoundland (1824- 1829)

During the autumn of 1824 three Methodist Ministers arrived at St. John’s; William Croscombe, an experienced missionary who was appointed to the Chairmanship of the Newfoundland District, and a week later two young ministers George Ellidge and Simeon Noall arrived from England. Simeon’s first appointment was at Island Cove and Perlican (now Lower Island Cove, Conception Bay and Old Perlican, 11 km away in Trinity Bay).

Simeon’s appointment to Island Cove in Conception Bay was likely designed to allow him to acclimatize to life in Newfoundland since this area was more developed. Methodism arrived in Conception Bay, Newfoundland in 1766. By Simeon’s time Missionaries vied with each other to serve in Conception Bay and St. John’s, instead of stepping out to help expand the work along the south and northeast coasts.

Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine: 1826

The next year (1827) he was sent to one of the more challenging locations Grand Bank and Fortune Bay on the South Cost of Newfoundland.

The following extracts from Simeon’s Journals from the summer of 1827 come from an article in the St. John’s Daily News, published Dec. 14, 1957.


St. John’s Daily News, 14 Dec, 1957

The following map shows that a visit to Round Harbour (one of the locations he visited) from Grand Bank (red marker on map) would require a voyage of over 50 km in a small sail boat in open waters.

The following is a list of the children Simeon baptize on his visit to Round Harbour on the 2nd of July 1827 (see above).

Round HarbourLeeWilliam & GraceElizabethSimeon Noall7/2/1827
Round HarbourLeeWilliam & GraceThomasSimeon Noall7/2/1827
Round HarbourKendleRobert & MaryMarySimeon Noall7/2/1827
Round HarbourKendleRobert & MaryHannahSimeon Noall7/2/1827
Round HarbourKendleRobert & MaryWilliamSimeon Noall7/2/1827
Round HarbourKendleRobert & MaryJaneSimeon Noall7/2/1827
Round HarbourKendleRobert & MaryCharitySimeon Noall7/2/1827
Round HarbourSpencerAbraham & ElizabethSarahSimeon Noall7/2/1827
Round HarbourLeeWilliam & DinahElizabethSimeon Noall7/2/1827
Round HarbourLeeWilliam & DinahRobertSimeon Noall7/2/1827

Simeon also took an interest in trying to make contact with the last of the native “Beothuk Indians” (the “Micmac Indians” he references were originally from Nova Scotia).

As late as 1827 another Methodist missionary living at Grand Bank, Simeon Noall (1795-1850), was excited at meeting on one of his peregrinations into Hermitage Bay a band of Micmac Indians from Bayd’Espoir; he saw them as a means of eventually contacting the “Red Indians”who, he assured his superiors in London, still existed in the interior of the island in spite of reports to the contrary. Nothing came, however, of this suggestion,and Noall failed to find the Micmacs on his next visit to Hermitage Bay (Beothuks and Methodists)

The Rev. Simeon Noall recorded a great many baptisms in 1826 and 1827, both in Fortune Bay and Placentia Bay. Other places mentioned in his Journals for these years are: Lamaline, Round Harbour, Jersey Harbour, St. Jacques, Ferby’s Cove, Frenchman’s Cove, Harbour Breton, Pick Harbour (Pickart), Garnish, Brunnick (Brunette?), Poile and Lalley Cove (

In the spring of 1828 Simeon was transferred to Trinity, Newfoundland. Trinity being a more developed town this could perhaps be seen as a reward. However by this time his health was starting to fail as evident from his Journal Entry for 13 January 1829: This day I am reputed thirty-four years of age – I am fast approaching to an old man – my hair is very grey & falling off fast, my hand shakes, and I cannot see to mend my pen well by night (Transcriped by David Pike). A biographer the Rev. William Wilson (1866) summed up his service in Newfoundland as follows:

Many were the seals to his ministry in different parts of the island; but his constitution was too feeble to endure the hardships attendant upon a missionary life; he therefore returned to England in the year 1829. By breathing his native air, his health was much improved; so that he labored in different circuits for nineteen years with the same esteem and success that he had in Newfoundland.

Ministry in England (1829-1850)

The following is a list of the parishes Simeon Noall served in after leaving Newfoundland in 1829:

  • 1829 Liskeard, Cornwall [1]
  • 1830 Dursley, Gloucestershire [2]
  • 1831-32 Bristol [2] Poss Bristol South
  • 1833 Liskeard & or Towbridge
  • 1834 Towbridge, Wiltshire [3]
  • 1833-34 Bradford on Avon [1]
  • 1835-37 Dorchester, Dorset [2]
  • 1835-37 Weymouth, Dorset [1] Note: daughter born Weymouth 1837.
  • 1838-1842 Stourbridge, Worcestershire [2]
  • 1840 Dudley (near Stourbridge) [4]
  • 1841 Dudley [5]
  • 1841 made Supernumerary after slight seizure
  • 1845-46 Redruth, Cornwall [1]
  • 1845-46 Camborne, Cornwall (3 mi from Redruth) [2]
  • 1848-49 Hayle, Cornwall [1]
  • 1850 Died near Hayle

The data sources used to compile this list include:

  • [1] The Wesleyan Methodist Itinerancy, Joseph Hall (1873)
  • [2] Halls Circuits and Ministers, Rev. Joseph Hall (1897)
  • [3] The Western Times – Exeter, Devon, 07 June 1834 
  • [5] 1841 UK Census

Marriage and Children

Simeon was married on 30 August 1831 at Kingswood, Gloucestershire. His bride was Lucy Smith eldest daughter of the Rev Robert Smith who was the Methodist Minister at Kingswood.

Name:Lucy Smith
Event Type:Marriage
Marriage Date:30 Aug 1831
Marriage Place:Kingswood, Holy Trinity, Gloucestershire, England
Spouse:Simeon Noall

Their first child, Samuel Shepherd was born a year later. Note his given names “Samuel Shepherd” were the same has Simeon’s half brother.

Name:Samuel Shepherd Noall
Birth Date:15 Aug 1832
Birth Place:Paternoster Row Wesleyan Methodist Registry, London, London, England
Baptism Date:28 Oct 1832
Baptism Place:Paternoster Row Wesleyan Methodist Registry, London, England
Father:Simeon Noall

Samuel Shepherd became a Commercial Traveler (Salesman) and joined the Masonic Lodge at Bristol in 1861. Samuel Shepherd moved to New Zealand shortly after this (early 1860s), became an accountant and died in Sept. 1887  at  Christchurch, New Zealand.

Their daughter , Lucy Smith Noall, was born in 1837 at Dorset.

Name:Lucy Smith Noall
Birth Date:19 Feb 1837
Birth Place:Dorset
Baptism Date:27 Apr 1837
Baptism Place:Paternoster Row Wesleyan Methodist Registry, London, London, England
Father:Simeon Noall

The year after her fathers death Lucy Smith was living with her Smith Grandparents in Clifton, Gloucestershire.

Name:Lucy Smith Noall
Estimated Birth Year:abt 1837
Where born:Weymouth, Dorset, England
Town:Clifton, Gloucestershire
1851 Census

Lucy Smith married John Stephenson a Methodist Missionary.

Their mother Lucy was admitted to an institution in 1848.

Name:Lucy Noall
Admission Date:15 Mar 1848
Intitution Place:United Kingdom
Note: Hunningham House, Harbury, just outside the county town of
Warwick, licensed for seventy-eight lunatics by 1848

At the time of Simeon’s death his wife Lucy was still of “unsound mind” since administration of his Will was granted to Robert Smith, canal agent of Manchester, guardian; [Lucy Noall, relict, of unsound mind].

Simeon’s wife Lucy died at Kingswood , near Bristol in 1873. › 1873.August.Lytt.Times.BMD.html

Simeon’s Death

His death was recorded in contemporary newspapers as:

9 AUGUST 1850, Friday : At Hayle, on Sunday last, the Rev. Simon NOALL, Wesleyan Superannuated Minister, aged 56 years [b 1794].

But other sources give a slightly different age and location.

Day Month Year09-Aug-1850
Parish Circuit Or ChapelRoyal Cornwall Gazette
Noteson Saturday last, Supernumerary Itinerant Wesleyan preacher

While Parish records for his burial give a completely different age.

Day Month Year08-Aug-1850
Parish Circuit Or ChapelGwinear
OPC DB burials

To further confuse the situation in the England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915 his burial is registered at Redruth.

The different burial locations are the easiest to understand, with Redruth (furthest east on following map) being the registration location, Gwinear (second most easterly) is a town and parish, Hayle is a town and a parish just west of Gwinear (see second map of Parish boundries), Phillack is a village about one mile northeast of the town of Hayle. Copperhouse is the name given to the area of Hayle developed by the Cornish Copper Company in 1758, as well as the name of an Inn and a Wesleyan Methodists Chapel in that area. The inn at Copperhouse was built in 1791 to cater for the needs of a rising population and visitors to the Cornish Copper Company. Wesley preached at ‘the Hayle’ in 1765, and on two later occasions at Copperhouse where he met the society in its room That preaching house, the private property of the Cornish Copper Company , was followed by two galleried chapels at Copperhouse (1816) and Foundry (1846). 

Map of locations linked to Simeon Noalls Death & Burial
Parish boundaries for Hayle, Gwinear and St. Ives.


The Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine for 1850 indicates that he was a native of Gwennap, Cornwall but there was little information on his early (pre 1824) history.

Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine for 1850 p. 986

The only direct information on his date of birth comes from a comment in his Newfoundland Journal (Transcriped by David Pike)

13 January 1829: This day I am reputed thirty-four years of age – I am fast approaching to an old man – my hair is very grey & falling off fast, my hand shakes, and I cannot see to mend my pen well by night.

We can assume from these comments in 1829 (that suggest a birth in 1794) that the reported age of 65 at death is incorrect and he was born in either 1795 or 1795 (55 or 56 at death).

As stated earlier the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine for 1850 indicates that the Rev. Simeon Noall was a native of Gwennap, Cornwall; however, there are no records of anyone with this or a similar name being born at Gwennap between 1790 and 1800.

There was a Simon Noall baptized in 1795 at St. Ives (a town and parish NW of Hayle) but this Simon appears to be still living in St. Ives at the time of the 1841 census.

Name:Simon Noall
Baptism Date:13 Sep 1795
Baptism Place:St. Ives, Cornwall, England
Father:Simon Noall
Mother:Elisabeth Noall
FHL Film Number:1595570
Name:Simon Noal
Estimated Birth Year:abt 1796
Where born:Cornwall, England
Civil Parish:St Ives
WifeMary Noal
1841 Census

There was a Samuel Shepherd Noel/Nole who had his baptism registered at Redruth in April 1796 (see below). His parents were married in 1794 and at that time his father’s residence was listed as Gwenap; however, this Samuel Shephard Noel died a few months after his birth.

Day Month Year05-Apr-1796
Parish Circuit Or ChapelRedruth
ForenameSamuel/Saml. Shepherd
Father ForenameSimon
Mother ForenameMartha

There is a record in England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 for a Simeon Noel born Feb 1795 at Gwinear.

Name:Simeon Noel
Event Type:Christening
Event Date:11 Feb 1795
Event Place:Gwinear, Cornwall, England
Event Place (Original):Gwinear, Cornwall, England
Father’s Name:Simeon Noel
Mother’s Name:Jennifer Vinicombe
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

However, this record is not in the Cornish parish records and the parents Simeon Noel and Jennifer Vinicombe were not married until 1797. The Cornish Parish records do have a record for a Simeon Noel born 1795 but he is listed under his mothers surname which suggest that he was illegitimate.

Day Month Year11-Feb-1795
Parish Circuit Or ChapelGwinear
Father ForenameSimeon NOEL
Mother ForenameJennifer VINICOMBE

Simeon Noel and Jennifier Vinicombe were subsequently married in July 1797.

Day Month Year15-Jul-1797
Parish Circuit Or ChapelGwinear
Groom FnSimeon
Groom Residenceotp [of this parish]
Groom Conditionwidower
Bride FnJennifer
Bride Residenceotp
Bride Conditionspinster

At the time of their marriage Simeon was listed as a widower. A year earlier a Martha Noal was buried at Redruth.

Day Month Year05-Apr-1796
Parish Circuit Or ChapelRedruth
OPC DB Burials

This Martha died on the same day that Samuel Shepherd Noel was born and his parents were Simon and Martha (see above). Simeon and Martha were married on 22 May 1794 at Redruth.

Day Month Year22-May-1794
Parish Circuit Or ChapelRedruth
Groom FnSimeon/Simon
Groom ResidenceGwenap
Groom ConditionBachelor
Bride FnMartha
Bride ConditionSpinster
Witness Fn1John TREVENA
Witness Sn2TREVENA, Jun. (mark)
Other InformationThe e in Simeon is interpolated. Groom signed NOELL

Their marriage allegation dated 19-May-1794 gives the grooms name as Simeon Noell and indicates both were above 21. It also gives the bride’s residence as Redruth. The couple had a daughter Peggy born 6 months later.

Day Month30-Nov-1794
Parish Circuit Or ChapelGwinear
Father ForenameSimeon
Mother ForenameMartha

It is likely that Simeon Noall was born out of wedlock in 1795 to Jennifer Vinicombe and Simeon Noell (who at the time was married to Martha). Martha died in 1796 (on same day Samuel Shepherd Noel was born). In 1797, after Martha’s death, Simeon married Jennifer. Over the next 15 years this couple had at least 8 more children.


There is likely another sibling also born out of Wedlock in 1797. In August of that year a Margery Gilbert had a son Simeon Noell Gilbert born at Gwinear and the father’s name was given as S. Noell.

Day Month Year06-Aug-1797
Parish Circuit Or ChapelGwinear
ForenameSimeon Noell
Father ForenameS. NOELL
Mother ForenameMargery GILBERT
OPC DB (thanks to Jo Edson for finding this record)

Parents and Grandparents

The Rev. Simeon’s mother Jennifer died in 1820.

Name:Jenefer Vinicombe Noell
Maiden Name:Vinicombe
Event Type:Burial
Event Date:1820
Event Place:Gwinear, Cornwall Unitary Authority, Cornwall, England
Event Place (Original):Gwinear, Cornwall Unitary Authority, Cornwall, England
Age (Estimated):44
Birth Date:24 Feb 1776
Death Date:16 May 1820
Cemetery:Gwinear, St Winnear Churchyard

The Rev. Simeon Noall’s father was likely the Simeon Noel baptised at Gwennap in 1771. His parents were Richard and Alimenta (note: name of Simeon Noel’s daughter).

Day Month Year21-Sep-1771
Parish Circuit Or ChapelGwennap
Father ForenameRichard
Mother ForenameAlimenta

Based on dob this Simeon was likely the Simon who died at Gwennap in 1852. From his death record we see that Simon was buried in Gwinear but his residence was in Gwennap.

Day Month Year15-Apr-1852
Parish Circuit Or ChapelGwinear

This Simon [now called Simeon Noell] was recorded in the 1851 Census as bein born in and currently living in Gwennap.

Event Type:Census [1851]
Event Date:1851
Event Place:Gwennap, Cornwall, England
Registration District:Redruth
Marital Status:Widower
Occupation:Landed Proprietor
Birth Year (Estimated):1772
Birthplace:Gwennap, Cornwall
1851 Census

Simon’s father Richard married Araminta [Alimenta] Leane at Gwennap in 1755.

Day Month Year31-Mar-1755
Parish Circuit Or ChapelGwennap
Groom FnRichard
Groom SnNoall [Nowell in Banns]
Groom ResidenceGwennap
Bride FnAraminta
Bride ResidenceGwennap

Richard and Araminta [Alimenta, Alementa, Aramenta, Aminta] had seven children; Simon/Simeon was the 6th.


Araminta died in 1791.

Day Month26-Nov
Parish Circuit Or ChapelGwennap

There were several birth and burial records that might fit Richard but the one Christened in Gwennap in 1733 looks like the best candidate.

Name:Richard Nowel
Event Type:Christening
Event Date:26 Dec 1733
Event Place:Gwennap, Cornwall, England
Father’s Name:Henry Nowel
Mother’s Name:Ann

There are several genological records for this Richard posted on the Internet and several of these give his death (see below) but I have not found this burial record.

Richard passed away on month day 1789, at age 55 

However, there is a burial record from 1773.

Day Month Year25-Apr-1773
Parish Circuit Or ChapelGwennap

Richard’s parents (Henry Nowel and Ann Philips) were married at Gwennap in 1732. Ann was from Gwennap but Henry was a Sojourner (a temporary stay; a brief period of residence).

Day Month Year16-Dec-1732
Parish Circuit Or ChapelGwennap
Groom FnHenry
Groom ResidenceSojourner
Bride FnAnn
Bride Residenceotp

Henry was buried at Gwennap in 1770. Henry and Ann had the following children.

1744GwennapJoanNOELLS /NOALLHenryAnn

The following baptism at Lelant (near Hayle and St Ives) may be a child of a different Henry and Ann or a timing issue with the baptism for Henry or this Ann. If the same Henry then the shift of the spelling towards Noal may occur since Noal is the more common spelling in St Ives.