East, William (1837-1923)
Transcription of Magazine ‘Sketch’
William East for the past 12 years has been Chancellor of Canning Town Circuit. He was born at North Thornby, Grimsby, and as early as 1859 was placed on Boston plan. From Louth Circuit he came to London in 1862, working his way up in the building trade till, as overseer, he was called to the erection of the Roman Catholic Church, barking. His public sympathies and abilities soon found recognition. For 12 years the West Ham Borough Council requisitioned his services. For 20 years he has been one of the School managers, frequently called to the chair. Last year he was elected on the Board of Guardians. His allegiance to primitive Methodism has been unfaltering. Class leader and Society Steward at Mary Street Church 28 years, at three Conferences he has represented London First District, while on the General Committee and its executive there is scarcely a more familiar and respected counsellor and friend.
Family and other information
William was born abt 1837 at Ludborough, North Thoresby, nr Grimsby, Lincolnshire, to parents John and Eleanor. John worked the land.
Census returns give the following occupations for William.
- 1851 agricultural labourer
- 1861 bricklayer journeyman
- 1871 bricklayer
- 1881 bricklayer
- 1891 house agent
- 1901 house agent
- 1911 house agent
William was elected a permanent member of Conference in 1921.
William married Esther (Hester) Atkin, nee Jenny (1817-1892) in early 1860 in the Sculcoates Registration District. Census returns identify one child.
- Eleanor Burnett (abt1861-1863)
William married Sarah Major (1845-1915) in late 1892 in the Poplar Registration District.
William died on 14 February 1923 at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Stratford, London.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911/28; 1915/496
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers