Blow, William (1829-1916)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by P.W.B.O.

Mr. William Blow was born at Nocton, near Lincoln, on May 30th, 1829, and passed to his reward on November 19th, 1916. Born into the home of an agricultural labourer, he knew the hard lot of the poor in the early decades of the last century. But he enjoyed the priceless heritage of a Christian home, his father being for many years an honoured local preacher. He himself was converted at a love-feast, at Potterhanworth, in 1853. He immediately joined our society at Dunston, and throughout a long life never wavered in his devotion to our cause there. As class-leader, Sunday school worker, chapel and society steward, he served long and faithfully. As a local preacher on the Lincoln I. Circuit, he travelled many miles, and had the joy of witnessing many conversions.

Left a widower in 1903, after forty-two years of happy married life, his declining years were solaced by the unfailing devotion and care of his youngest daughter. His memory is the cherished possession of his family. His remains were laid to rest in Nocton Churchyard on November 22nd, and on the following Sunday evening a memorial service was conducted by the Rev. P.W.B. Oliver.


William was born on 30 May 1829 at Nocton, Lincolnshire, to parents John Blow, who worked the land (1841), and Sarah. He was baptised on 5 June 1829 at Nocton.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1861 agricultural labourer
  • 1871 agricultural labourer
  • 1881 agricultural labourer
  • 1891 agricultural labourer
  • 1901 agricultural labourer
  • 1911 labourer (farm)

He married Ann Jubb (1826-1903) in late 1861 in the Sleaford Registration District, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify four children.

  • John Thomas (abt1864-1933) – a farmer (1901)
  • Mary (b abt1866) – married William Clark a laundry labourer (1891) in 1888
  • Robert (abt1869-1957) – cattleman on farm (1911)
  • Susannah (1873-1956) – dressmaker (1911); married Herbert Waters, a platelayer (1939), in 1915

William died on 19 November 1916 at Nocton, Lincolnshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917/516

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