Elliott, William (1860-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by C. Humble

William Elliott was born at Stanhope, Weardale, and died at Hull in August, 1913, at the age of fifty-three. He spent thirty-nine years in the service of the North Eastern Railway Company, and for many years was chief staff clerk at Darlington and Hull. In the interests of his health he spent five years at Kirby Thore as station-master. 

He was converted when seventeen years of age. He became famed as a young man who could pray with wondrous fervour and power. In his native and neighbouring circuits he was a favourite local preacher and was much in demand. He was quickly marked out for the ministry, and an urgent call was given to him. Such was the precarious state of his health that he was compelled to. decline the call, but the necessity for this he never ceased to regret. 

He was appreciated both for his fine charactcr and abilities. In the Church and railway circles he was looked upon as an ideal Christian gentleman. His body was interred in Darlington Cemetery. Much sympathy is felt for his widow and three daughters.


William was born in 1860 at Stanhope, Co. Durham, to parents John Elliott, a grocer (1861) and railway porter (1881), and Hannah Pears.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1871 scholar
  • 1881 railway clerk and Methodist local preacher
  • 1901 railway station master
  • 1911 railway clerk

He married Elizabeth Hall (b1860), in the summer of 1891 in the Gateshead Registration District. Census returns identify thee children.

  • Mary Hall (1893-1977) – owner & head of small kindergarten school (1939)
  • Edith Jane (1895-1989) – a governess (1921)
  • Ethel Hannah Pears (1898-1988) – married Matthew Dixon Pinkney, an insurance inspector (marriage certificate), in 1928

William died in August 1913 at Hull, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/162

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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