Franklin, William Frederick (1832-1915)

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

There has just passed from the Leicester II. Circuit a veteran of eighty-three years in the person of Mr. W.F. Franklin. He was a native of Wigston Magna. Converted in relatively early life, he devoted himself immediately to earnest religious service. He was early made a local preacher, in which capacity he served faithfully more than sixty years. He was for many years a class leader, and also for a long time did valuable work as Sunday school superintendent. 

He has known the pinch of straitened circumstances, and many times has walked long journeys to his appointments, taking with him a portion of plain fare to eat on the roadside. He attained a beautiful character and very gentle disposition. All who knew him revered him. 

His wife “passed on” before him fifteen years  ago. His children cherish his memory. They are members of the Church, and hope to meet their sainted father in heaven. A memorial service was conducted by Rev. N. Jefferson on March 7th.


William was born abt1832 at Wigston Magna, Leicestershire, to parents Thomas Franklin, a framework knitter, and Sophia Russell. He was baptised on 22 September 1833 at Wigston Magna.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1851 framework knitter
  • 1861 framework knitter
  • 1871 framework knitter
  • 1881 framework knitter
  • 1891 framework knitter
  • 1901 postman
  • 1911 retired postman

He married Elizabeth Goodman (1829-1900) in the summer of 1850 at Wigston Magna, Leicestershire. Census returns identify seven children.

  • Mary Jane (1851-1909) – married Thomas Whyatt, a baker (1881), in 1873
  • Thomas (1853-1934) – a framework knitter (1891); a postman (1901)
  • Elizabeth (1857-1928) – married Martin Tomlin, a shoe riveter (1891) and farmer (1901), in 1880
  • Lucy Hannah (1862-1921) – married William Bennett, a chimney sweeper (1901), in in 1883; emigrated to Canada in 1911
  • Lavinia (1866-1904) – married Joseph Toone, a gas works stoker (1901), in 1890
  • Annie Sophia (abt1872-1892) – a framework knitter (1891)
  • Laura Lizzie (1879-1947) – married Frederick Laurence Possnett, a laundry proprietor (1911), in 1901

William died in early 1915 at Wigston Magna, Leicestershire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/495

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