Allen, William (1851-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by G.C.M.

Wellgate Church, Rotherham, sustained an incalculable loss by the death of Mr. William Allen, a native of Elksley, Notts. True, honourable, just, pure, and of good report, by his quiet deportment, constancy, and generosity, as church treasurer and society steward for many years, he laid his brethren and sisters under a heavy debt of gratitude. 

Rev. C. Tinn says of him: “It is difficult to find words adequately to express his intense love for Wellgate Church, and his constant yearning for its progress. This was seen, not only in his unremitting attendance upon the means of grace, but in the material sacrifices he made in its behalf. When we think of him remaining at his arduous daily vocation that he might be better able to help the finances of the Church all temptation to self-indulgence and selfishness is at once rebuked.”

We miss him more than words can declare.


William was born in 1851 at Elkesley, Nottinghamshire, to parents Joseph Thorn Allen, who worked the land (1861),  and Mary Varney. He was baptised on 18 April 1851 at Elkesley.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1851 1 week old
  • 1861 scholar
  • 1871 labourer at iron works
  • 1881 steel melter
  • 1891 steel smelter
  • 1901 steel smelter
  • 1911 steel melter

He married Elizabeth Anderson (abt1843-1924) in early 1878 at Rotherham, Yorkshire.

William died in early 1914 at Rotherham, Yorkshire. He was buried on 2 February 1914 at Moorgate Cemetery, Rotherham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/159

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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