Chadburn, William (1848-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.T.E.

Brother W. Chadburn, of Sutton Bonington, “crossed the bar” November 22nd, 1913. For many years he was actively identified with the Traffic Street Church, Derby. A devoted Sunday school teacher, he was characterised by steady, earnest work, loyal devotion to his church, industrious attention to the duties of life, and unostentatious piety.

Some years ago he removed to Sutton Bonington, in the Loughboro’ Circuit. The continued devotion of his family to the small cause during its years of great trial evidences his strength of conviction, love of our Zion, and zealous spiritual motive. 

Quiet in disposition, none could mistake his intense spiritual experience. Whenever possible, although a great sufferer, he attended the place of worship. His life was spent in the service of the Midland Railway, and his reputation with the Company for all that is trustworthy and good is of the highest. 

His memory is blessed to his son and grandchildren. His widow is still loyally a member of our Church.


William was born in the spring of 1848 at Sutton Bonington, Nottinghamshire, to mother Lucy Chadburn, a framework knitter (1851). He was baptised on 4 June 1848 at Sutton Bonington.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1861 worsted weaver
  • 1871 fitter
  • 1881 engine fitter
  • 1891 engine fitter
  • 1901 railway engine fitter
  • 1911 retired railway fitter

He married Ruth Hardy (1848-1927) in early 1870 in the Loughborough Registration District, Leicestershire. Census returns identify one child.

  • John Hardy (1871-1942) – a railway clerk (1911)

William died on 22 November 1913 at Sutton Bonington, Nottinghamshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/833

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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