Clark, William Coward (1835-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.P.R.

Mr. William Clark, of Easingwold, passed away suddenly on December 12th, 1914. For over sixty years a local preacher greatly in request, for some time circuit steward, a class leader and trustee, a good visitor, always welcome in the homes of the people, deeply interested in temperance and social work, heartily loyal to Primitive Methodism and the principles of Nonconformity, always earnestly employed in deeds of Christian love and service right up to the last, his kindly presence and gracious influence will ever remain a happy memory and power for good. The funeral on the 15th and the memorial service were conducted by Rev. J. Phillips Read.


William was born in 1835 at Craike, Yorkshire, to parents William, a carpenter (1841), and Elizabeth. He was baptised on 3 May 1835 at Craike.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1861 tailor
  • 1871 tailor & draper
  • 1881 tailor & grocer
  • 1891 life assurance agent
  • 1901 insurance agent
  • 1911 retired insurance agent (Prudential)

He married Elizabeth Hopper (abt1837-1913) in late 1856 in the York, Yorkshire. Census returns identify nine of ten children.

  • Louis (1857-1946) – apprentice tailor (1871); a domestic coachman (1891)
  • Jane Elizabeth (b1860) – married John Horatio Wroe, a railway signal fitter (1901), in 1880
  • William (b1863) – an insurance clerk (1911)
  • Mary Alice (1865-1921) – married Thomas Rymer, a farm manager (1901), in 1900
  • Adah (1868-1928) – resident in North Riding Lunatic Asylum (1901)
  • Ruth Margaret (1870-1944) – a domestic housekeeper (1901); married George Pett, a carriage and wagon examiner (1921), in 1915
  • Minnie (1872-1943) – a domestic servant (1891); married George Brogan, a furniture dealer (1911), in 1896
  • George (b1876)
  • Allen Henry (1878-1902) – a student (1901)

William died on 14 December 1914 at Craike, nr. Easingwold, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/581

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