William Henry Matthews

Photo:Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908

Photo:Primitive Methodist Magazine 1929

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1929


By Geoff Dickinson

Early years

William was born in 1845 at Kenwyn, Cornwall.

William was converted at the age of fourteen. He became a Sunday School teacher and later a local preacher on the St Day Circuit. He began to preach when he was fifteen.

Whilst awaiting a vacancy at the Sunderland Institute, a commission from the Missionary Committee to supply for a sick minister at Plymouth plunged him directly into circuit work.


William’s powerful expository preaching, deeply spiritual, practical, often passionate in its evangelistic appeal, always alight with humour and enriched from a wellspring of personal experiences, was the outstanding feature of his choice and manifold ministry.


William married Jane Mewton (1846-1921) in late 1875 at Kenwyn, Cornwall. Census returns identify five of nine children.

  • William Henry Mewton (b1879) - a book agent (1911)
  • Frederick John (1880-1881)
  • Henry Ward (b1881) - a PM Minister; ceased in 1930
  • Maud (b1883)
  • Cyril George (1890-1972) – a clerk (1911)

William died on 6 July 1928 at Redruth, Cornwall.


  • 1872 Torquay
  • 1873 Pembroke Dock
  • 1875 Exeter
  • 1879 Berkhamstead
  • 1880 Dartford
  • 1882 Redruth
  • 1886 Penzance
  • 1889 Bristol I
  • 1892 Liverpool III
  • 1895 Sowerby Bridge
  • 1902 Heckmondwike
  • 1906 Pontefract
  • 1910 Sowerby Bridge
  • 1914 Bradford
  • 1918 Bradford (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908/297; 1929/180

PM Minutes 1929/277

W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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