Farmer, William Henry (1857-1923)
Transcription of Magazine ‘Sketch’
Mr. W.H. Farmer, Circuit Steward of the Rhondda Circuit for fourteen years, though still in the full bloom of manhood, has been a member and enthusiastic worker in our Church for thirty-three years. He always has the welfare of his Circuit at heart, and strives in every way to contribute to the success and progress of Christ’s Kingdom. For many years he has been Sunday School Superintendent and Class-leader in the Llwynypia Society, and is beloved by the young people as a Class-Leader. As Circuit representative on the District Committee, he has attended the District meeting on several occasions, and has been honoured with its vice-presidency. He represented his District at the Birmingham Conference, is District Treasuer of the Centenary Fund and Temperance Committee, and one of the District Representatives to the next Triennial Sunday School Conference. May he long be spared.
Family and other information
William was born abt 1857 at Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire. To parents William and Emma. William was baptised on 15 February 1857 at St Saviour, Coalpit Heath, Gloucestershire.
William moved to Tonypandy in 1871.
Census returns give the following occupations for William.
- 1881 shoemaker
- 1891 shoemaker
- 1901 boot and shoe dealer
- 1911 bootmaker, dealer
William became circuit secretary in 1894 and circuit steward in 1897. He was “commanded by His Majesty the King to attend the investiture of His Royal Highness the prince of Wales at Carnarvon, as lay representative of Primitive Methodism for Wales.”
William married Sarah Ann Bartlett (1858-1939) in the summer of 1880 in the Pontypridd registration district. Census returns identify seven of fourteen children.
- Florence Laura (1881-1943) – married Benjamin Brice, a greengrocer in 1907
- William Henry (1882-1964) – a boot maker (1923)
- George Edwin (1884-1954) – a boot dealer (1923)
- Edith Emma (abt1888-1927) – married George Brice in 1915
- Albert Charles (1893-1961) – a boot repairer (1911); a boot dealer (1923)
- Alfred Stanley (1897-1908)
- Arthur Jesse (1900-1995) – a bus driver (1939)
William died on 19 March 1923 at Tonypandy, Glamorgan.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911/448; 1923/876
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers