Horne, William (1825-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by G. Ford

In the passing of Brother W. Horne, father of Rev. J.T. Horne, of Watford, a long and useful life has been brought to a close. He was converted in his youth, and rendered good service to our Church at Outwell, his birthplace, and at Walpole, whither he removed, and where, with other kindred spirits, he succeeded in establishing a Sunday school.

Rev. C. Bell writes:— “As a preacher he was not brilliant, but sound and reliable, and delivered his message with acceptance.”

It was largely due to his initiative that the present commodious chapel at Walpole Highway was built. For District or Connexional honours he had no desire; he found ample scope for his time and talents in the two circuits on which he spent his life. He was a loyal Free Churchman, an ardent Primitive Methodist. Both he and his now aged widow were given to hospitality; ministers and laymen alike were heartily welcomed to their home. 

He passed away on May 6th, 1915, at the ripe age of eighty-nine years. Rev. G. Ford officiated at the interment.


William was born abt1825 at Outwell, Norfolk, to parents John Horn, a gardener 91841), and Margaret Dockrill.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William. 

  • 1851 farmer
  • 1861 farmer of 60 acres
  • 1871 farmer of 75 acres employing 2 men
  • 1881 farmer of 109 acres employing 2 men
  • 1891 farmer
  • 1901 farmer
  • 1911 retired farmer

He married Rebecca Taylor (abt1830-1918) in late 1848 in the Wisbech Registration District, Cambridgeshire. Census returns identify eight of nine children.

  • John Thomas (1849-1919) – a PM minister
  • Sarah Embling(1850-1924) – married George Didwell, a a farmer (1911), in 1882
  • George (b1852)
  • William Taylor (1857-1940) – a blacksmith (1881)
  • Alice (1860-1927) – married John Ward, a corn miller (1911), in 1881
  • Rebecca (1862-1922) – married William Firmin Drake, a grocer & draper (1911), in 1890
  • David (1865-1940) – a farmer
  • Leah (1867-1950) – married Herbert Cooper, a corn miller (1911), in 1888

William died on 6 May 1915 at Walpole  St Peter, Norfolk.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/745

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Many records spell the surname without an “e”.

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