Fairhurst, William (1845-1914)

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

Primitive Methodism in Southport First and Chorley Circuits has suffered an irreparable loss in the decease of William Fairhurst. He came to reside in Southport only two years ago, but in that time, endeared himself to the whole of our circuit life. He was intensely spiritual, a “Mr. Valiant-for-Truth,” loyal to his Church and sincere. He set the very sorrows of life to music, and in his character and service, reflected the transfigured life. He was pre-eminently a man of prayer. This gave tone to his work as preacher, leader, school superintendent, circuit steward, member of Liverpool District Committee and of several Synods; also as delegate to the Conference. 

He manifested the Christly life as chairman of the Wigan Board of Guardians and in other public positions of trust and responsibility. 

Born at Shevington sixty-eight years ago, he passed into the unseen on February 25th, 1914. At the interment in Wrightington Churchyard Rev. R. Crewdson officiated. A previous service in our Shevington Vale Chapel was conducted by Revs. J. Wright, Job Rimmer, and R. Crewdson. The last-named also preached the memorial sermon. Great sympathy is felt for Mrs. Fairhurst and family.


William was born abt1845 at Shevington, Lancashire, to parents Henry, a waggoner (1851), and Jane.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1861 coal miner
  • 1871 agent for Prudential Assurance Co
  • 1881 grocer & agent
  • 1891 grocer & insurance agent
  • 1901 commission agent
  • 1911 retired grocer & assurance agent

He married Margaret Norris (1843-1876) in early 1866 in the Wigan Registration District, Lancashire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Hannah (1870-1926) – married John Ashton, an insurance superintendent (1911), in 1890
  • Edith (1874-1942)  – a nurse (1901); married Robert Selkirk Herald in 1907

He married Helen Preston (1849-1918) in late 1876 in the Chorley Registration District, Lancashire. Census returns identify six children.

  • Bertha (b1877) – married John Aynsley in 1903; a teacher in elementary school (1911)
  • Maud (1880-1902) – a dressmaker (1901)
  • William (b abt1882) – working in linoleum works packing department
  • Amy (1882-1956) – married John Roscoe, an insurance agent (1911), in 1905
  • Herbert (1887-1951) – assistant rating surveyor (1911)
  • Ethel (b1889) – teacher in an elementary school (1911); married Richard Bradshaw, a cashier (1921), in 1916

William died on 25 February 1914 at Southport, Lancashire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/329(2)

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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