Caile, William (1845-1902)

Transcription of Obituary In the Christian Messenger

MR. WILLIAM CAILE. – The Toft Hill Church, in the St. Helen’s Auckland Circuit, has recently lost one of its most prominent and useful members and officials by the death of Mr. William Caile. When a lad of sixteen years he gave himself to Christ, and for over forty years was an active and consistent member of the church. As soon as he was converted he began to fit himself to be a preacher of the Gospel, and for over thirty-seven years was a very efficient local preacher. This work of preaching the Gospel of Christ was the pride and joy of his life, and his services throughout the Circuit were very acceptable. Bro. Caile was essentially a worker. He loved work for Christ, was never happy but when at work for Christ. He held numerous offices in the church and Circuit besides that of a local preacher. He was the secretary of the Local Preachers’ Circuit Library, secretary of the Toft Hill Church Trust, teacher of the Adult Bible Class, and vice-president of a Young People’s Meeting held on the Saturday evenings. All these offices he held alike with credit to himself and helpfulness to the church. Punctuality and regularity of attendance at the means of grace was a very marked feature of his character. You could always depend on Bro. Caile being at the services, and his kindly, open face and appreciative attention was ever an inspiration to the preacher. He attended the Hull Conference in June, 1902, and contracted a severe cold, resulting in other symptoms, which, after a long and painful affliction, terminated his life. He lived on till the Sabbath morning of December 7th, when he fell asleep and passed to the Sabbath rest of God, aged 57 years. These long, weary months of suffering were a great trial to him – he missed the active service of his Master and communion with God’s people. But the trial he bore with patience and fortitude. He was carried to the grave amidst universal tokens of respect. The Revs. G.W. Morse and W.D. Cox officiated at the funeral. May God greatly sustain and comfort his bereaved wife and family.


Family and other information

William was born in 1845 at Etherley, Co. Durham, to parents George and Mary. George was a coal miner and innkeeper.

William followed his father as a coal miner.

William married Hannah Laverick (abt1845-1929) on 26 November 1865 at Etherley, Co. Durham. Census returns identify seven children.

  • Racheal (1866-1936) – married Lewis Wightman, a grocer’s cartman (1891)
  • Jane Ann (1868-1880)
  • Mary Elizabeth (b1872) – married George Hewitson Franklin, a farmer, in 1907
  • Margaret Hannah (1875-1967) – married William Watson, a postman, in 1905
  • George William (1878-1946) – a coal miner
  • Eliza Jane (1882-1973) – a married William Finlay Gibbon, a postman, in 1907
  • John Allison (1884-1914) – private in army (1911); died in WW1

William died on 7 December 1902 at Toft Hill, Evenwood, Co. Durham.


Christian Messenger 1904/31

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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