Lloyd, William (1853-1901)

Transcription of Obituary in the Christian Messenger

WILLIAM LLOYD.— Our friends at Duddleston Heath in the Shrewsbury District Circuit has sustained a great loss in the death of Bro. William Lloyd, August 21st, 1901. Born a Primitive Methodist in the Hadnall Circuit, he was brought up under religious influences, his parents being Methodists of the old stamp, who kept their house open for our preaching services, and where the father, as Class Leader, took charge of a little flock of devoted people. After his death a little chapel was built as the fruits of their labour. William, possessing an amiable disposition, was converted when quite a boy. Removing into the Ellesmere Circuit, after his marriage to Miss Crank, of a well-known family in the Hadnall Circuit, he at once fell in with our people at a small preaching-house called Gadlas – a preaching-house for over forty years. This becoming too small, our brother, with the hearty co-operation of his own family and a few other friends, soon obtained ground and built a beautiful little chapel, now well patronised. After giving handsomely and working laboriously for its erection, he took the deepest interest in it as Class Leader and Society Steward. Though of a weakly constitution, and suffering latterly from chronic asthma, his whole heart and soul were in the work to the last. He felt very much the loss of his two brothers, who passed away just before him, in the height of their usefulness as Local Preachers in the Rhos-y-medre Circuit. I saw him a few days before he died; found him quite resigned, only regretting that he could not do more for the Lord. To sum up his life in a few words, he was a Christian at home, a loving and affectionate husband, a kind father, a Christian from home, and loved and respected by all. It was his joy to leave behind him two sons in their teens members of the little chapel. His loss at the comparatively early age of forty-eight is deeply regretted by all, but by none more than by his beloved wife and family. In peace he lived, in peace he died, and in eternal peace he rests. Buried in Criftins Churchyard, August 24th, 1901, his flesh resteth in hope until the day breaks.


William was born in 1853 at Ruyton, Shropshire, to parents John and Catherine. John worked the land.

William was a grocer.

He married Jane Cank (not Crank) (b1853) in April 1885 at Clive, Shropshire. Jane was a domestic cook before her marriage. Census returns identify three children.

  • John (b1887) – a grocer
  • William (1890-1891)
  • Frank (b abt1892) – a wheelwright (1911)


Christian Messenger 1902/223

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