Green, William (1844-1916)

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

Mr. William Green, who was circuit steward of Mere Station, passed to the higher service on March 15th. He was born at Zeals, and was converted at twelve years of age. He began business at Leamington, and was very successful. On his retirement he settled down at his native place. 

He was a missionary enthusiast and a collector; last year his house-box realised £7 1s. 0d. He gave the ground and advanced £200 to erect a Sunday school, the latter sum to be a gift at his decease. He took part in the opening services in September, and then, strangely enough, his illness only permitted him to attend service once again – on the occasion of the school anniversary in December. Our departed friend has also bequeathed £300: £100 for the Zeals trust, £100 to the circuit fund, and £100 to foreign missionary work. 

He was laid to rest in Zeals Churchyard on March 21st. He was carried through the new school (a last request of his) into the chapel, where the service was conducted by Rev. W. Robson, assisted by Messrs. C. Mead and F.W. Davis.


William was born in early 1844 at Zeals, Wiltshire, to parents Charles Green, a tanner (1861), and Elizabeth Vining. 

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1861 tanner
  • 1871 trunk manufacturer
  • 1881 trunk and portmanteau, umbrella maker
  • 1891 portmanteau maker
  • 1901 living on own means
  • 1911 none

He married Jane Langhorne Grimerd (1831-1889) in the spring of 1868 in the Mere Registration District, Wiltshire.

He married Laura Ellen Ashford (1853-1932)) in the spring of 1900 in the Mere Registration District, Wiltshire.

William died on 15 March 1916 at Zeals, Wiltshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/927

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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