He was born at Whitchurch, Salop on 5 January 1833. After training for the ministry at Didsbury College, he went out to the West Indies, but returned after a short while with his health impaired. He served for eighteen years as Secretary for Connexional Funds and for fifteen years as Chairman of the Third London District. He was elected to the Legal Hundred in 1882, was President of the Conference in 1894 and went in 1902 as a representative to the Canadian Methodist Conference. He died on 12 March 1903.
His daughter, Lilian Davis Broadbelt (1874-1935) became the wife ofJ.A. Broadbelt.