Dabill, William (1842-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.W. Gregory

On Easter Sunday, 1913, the Watnall Road Church, Hucknall Torkard, was lamenting the loss of one of her stalwarts. William Dabill passed with almost tragic suddenness to his reward on Saturday, March 22nd. For over forty years Mr. Dabill was a consistent member of our Church, and all these years were devoted to the service of the Master with a loyal and consecrated faithfulness. 

For thirty-eight years he was a Sunday School teacher, and as a class leader his homely and sagacious counsel was a continued source of inspiration and strength, but he was perhaps best known as the society steward, which position he filled with conspicuous ability for twenty-six years. 

As a member of the congregation he was a sermon-taster of the best type, appreciative and helpful. In the prayer meeting he was a power. Loved by all who knew him, his memory will always be held sacred by the church he loved and served so well.


William was born in late 1842 at Oxton, Nottinghamshire, to parents William, a framework knitter (1851), and Elizabeth. He was baptised on 4 December 1842 at St Peter & St Paul, Oxton.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1861 carter
  • 1871 coal miner
  • 1881 coal miner
  • 1891 coal miner
  • 1901 coal miner
  • 1911 retired coal miner through disability

He married Ann Mary Mellows (abt1844-1879) on 28 November 1865 at St Mary Magdalene, Hucknall Torkard, Nottinghamshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • Francis (Frank) (1866-1924) – a tramway motorman (1911)
  • Sarah Jane (1868-1945) – married George William Creasey, an attendant on the insane (1901), in 1895; married Joshua Fox in 1913
  • William (1870-1945) – electric tram car driver (1911)
  • John (1871-1944) – a sewage farm labourer (1911)
  • David (1874-1946) – a railway engine stoker (1911)

He married Sarah Elliott (abt1837-1913) on 25 March 1880 at St Paul, Tyson Green, Nottinghamshire.

William died on 22 March 1913 at Hucknall Torkard, Nottinghamshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/751

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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