Blackmon, William John (1855-1916)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by A.J.W.

The death of William J. Blackmon, which occurred on the 21st of March, 1916, in his sixty-first year, was a great loss to Hereford Primitive Methodism. He gave himself to God in his early days, and became a local preacher at the age of seventeen. At the time of his decease he had devotedly filled for thirty-five years the office of superintendent of the St. Owen Street Sunday School. He was. also the Sunday school treasurer, treasurer of the trustees, and junior circuit steward. 

A man of equable temperament and of quiet ways, controlled in all the details of life by highest motives; always anxious, even in little things, for the welfare and happiness of others; consistently courteous, genial, upright; loyal in friendship, delighting in sacrificial giving, conspicuously free from self-seeking, he lived a Christian life which was an inspiration seeking, he lived a Christian life which was an inspiration and help to many. His strength of character, so often shown in life, was markedly manifested in the calm bravery with which he met his death.

At the funeral service, in the conduct of which the Rev. A.J. Ward was assisted by the Revs. H. Owen, G. Osborne and A.G. Tanner, a large gathering of friends and representative fellow-citizens testified to the universal esteem and affection in which he was held. That testimony was renewed on the following Sunday evening, when large numbers attended a memorial service, conducted by Rev. A.J. Ward, held in the St. Owen Street Church. Rev. H. Owen, an old friend of Mr. Blackmon, preached the sermon.


William was born in the summer of 1855 at Birmingham, Warwickshire, to parents George Blackmon, a bonnet shape maker (1871) and Hannah Elizabeth Steel.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1871 assisting his father
  • 1881 advertising clerk
  • 1891 cashier at Hereford Times office
  • 1901 cashier accountant
  • 1911 accountant (drapery)

He married Sarah Ann (Annie) Neate (1856-1940) in the spring of 1876 at Hereford, Herefordshire.

William died on 21 March 1916 at Hereford, Herefordshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/785

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