Heppell, William (1845-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by H.F.

A pillar was removed from Langley Park, Durham, by the decease of William Heppell on December 26th, 1914, at the age of sixty-nine. The call came suddenly. “God’s finger touched him and he slept.” He was cradled in Primitive Methodism, and early caught its genius. He was a loyal and trusty official, a consistent and upright man, and a most regular attendant at the means of grace. 

For forty years he faithfully laboured in the Langley Park Society, nobly standing by, the cause from its early days.  Heroically he worked for the first chapel, and just as willingly and joyfully did he give himself to the erection of the beautiful new church. Many positions of trust did he fill. As local preacher, Sunday school superintendent, trustee and class leader he conscientiously discharged his duties. 

As a man he was genial and kindly, bright and cheery ever. His friendship was valued, for his heart was true. In loving sympathy our hearts go out to the bereaved wife and family. May the spirit of the father abide in the sons who remain. A memorial service was conducted by Revs. H. Fletcher and E. Evans on December 30th.


William was born abt1845 at Lamesley, Co. Durham, to parents William, a coal miner, and Sarah.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1851 scholar
  • 1871 coal miner
  • 1881 assurance agent
  • 1891 insurance agent
  • 1901 Prudential Assurance agent
  • 1911 life assurance agent

He married Martha Bertram (1841-1936) in the spring of 1873 in the Easington Registration District, Co. Durham. Census returns identify six children.

  • William Bertram (1874-1951) – a coal miner (1901); life assurance agent (1911)        
  • Albert Edgar (1875-1943) – Prudential Assurance agent (1911)                    
  • Sarah Alice (1877-1893)
  • Florence Amelia (1878-1958)           
  • Ernest De Vere (1880-1955) – insurance agent (1911)
  • Frank Harcourt (1882-1892)

William died on 26 December 1914 at Langley Park, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/828

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