Creed, William (1822-1909)
Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.M.C.
By the death of Mr. W. Creed, Lydbrook Church has lost one of its oldest and finest members. At 87 years of age he passed on to “the realms of the blest,’’ Nov. 2nd, 1909.
Mr. Creed joined our Church when he was 21 years old, and for 66 years was a choice member. Assiduous in his attendance at the various services and an appreciative hearer, his warm attention brought out the preacher’s best. He was much given to hospitality, and his responses to the financial needs of the Church were liberal.
Of a sunny disposition, he never said anything uncharitable of anyone. In his religious views he was tolerant, and cherished goodness wherever it was found, irrespective of creed. He passed through bereavement and sorrow; these, however, mellowed rather than soured his disposition. No one ever thought of accusing him of insincerity. His religious life was characterised by a deep and rich assurance. Our departed friend was deeply respected, and all rejoice in the grand testimony he left behind.
The funeral service was conducted by Rev. J.M. Craddock. His family sorrow, but not as those without hope. Our brother is now with Christ, which is far better.
William was born on 3 July 1823 at Stroud, Gloucestershire, to parents Robert Creed and Mary Millwaters. He was baptised on 12 April 1835 at the Wesleyan chapel, Alkerton, Gloucestershire.
Census returns identify the following occupations for William.
- 1851 tin polisher
- 1861 sorter in tin works
- 1871 tinplate sorter
- 1881 lodging house keeper
- 1891 lodging house keeper
- 1901 lodging house keeper
He married Elizabeth Davies (1823-1863) in the spring of 1845 in the Monmouth Registration District, Monmouthshire. Census returns identify one child.
- William James (abt1847-1910) – a tinplate worker
He married Ellen Morgan, nee Harris (1826-1905) in the spring of 1864 in the Clifton Registration District, Gloucestershire. Census returns identify two children.
- Edwin Windom (1865-1946) – a company secretary, shirt & collar manufacturers
- Albert (b1866) – a commercial traveller (1891)
William died on 2 November 1909 at Lydbrook, Gloucestershire.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/152
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