Lucas, William Clowes (1844-1916)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by E. Lacey

Mr.. W. Clowes Lucas had for more than half a century been a well-known and exceptionally capable local preacher on the Ossett Circuit. He had been connected with the South Parade and Queen Street  Churches, and descended from a family of preachers, amongst whom his father, Mr. Mark Lucas, occupied a prominent position. This succession is continued in his sons, one of whom, the Rev. Ernest Lucas, is in the ministry of our Church. This life through increasing years and sickness had for some time thrown off the toils and responsibilities of the active day. 

Those of us who came to know Mr. Lucas in later years saw his simple, trustful piety, gentle forbearance, child-like submission to the will of God, and his true refinement of speech and deed. He was concerned for the welfare of the Churches; all his anxieties were centred in their state. 

The interment took place in the Wesleyan Burial Ground, Ossett, June 29th, amidst signs of widespread regard, and sympathy for the widowed heart whose long pilgrimage waits for that day in which the unions of the present will be resumed for ever.


William was born in late 1844 at Ossett, Yorkshire, to parents Mark Lucas, a woollen cloth weaver (1861), and Grace Jagger. His mother died in 1848 and Mark married Judith Stephenson in 1850.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1861 coal miner
  • 1871 coal miner
  • 1881 coal miner
  • 1891 coal miner
  • 1901 colliery deputy
  • 1911 colliery pumpman (below ground)

He married Nancy Fothergill (1845-1928) in late 1868 at Ossett, Yorkshire. Census returns identify four of five children.

  • Ernest (1870-1950) – a PM minister
  • Amelia (1875-1934) – a cloth burler (1901); married Albert Pollard, a foreman woollen rag dyer, in 1909
  • Eli Fothergill (1879-1952) – cordwainer (1901); a flour miller’s traveller (1911)
  • Henry (1883-1948) – rag merchant’s clerk (1901); book keeper & cashier (1921)

William died  in the spring of 1916 at Ossett, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/783

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