Middleton, William (1834-1914)

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

Mr. W. Middleton was born at Ulleskelf, near Tadcaster, in the year 1834, and entered into rest at Knaresborough on March 11th, 1914, in his eightieth year.

One of the pioneers of our Church at Knaresborough, he had been a member over sixty years, and served as local preacher, class leader, trustee and Sunday school superintendent. At camp meetings and open-air meetings he excelled. Bro. Middleton was an original type of character, quaint, genial and good-natured. Loyalty and devotion characterised him, and he was generous according to his means. 

The end came peacefully, and he was laid to rest in Knaresborough Cemetery on March 14th. Revs. W.R. Fallas and F.E. Thistlethwaite took part in the service; the latter also conducted a memorial service on March 22nd. 


William was born in 1834 at Ulleskelf, Yorkshire, to parents Joseph Middleton, a labourer (1841), and Susannah Potter. He was baptised on 28 May 1834 at Kirkby Wharf, yorkshire

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1851 apprentice basket maker
  • 1861 basket maker
  • 1871 letter carrier
  • 1881 letter carrier (postal)
  • 1891 retired postman
  • 1901 basket maker
  • 1911 pensioned from Post Office

He married Alice Sowerby (1833-1904) on 23 May 1857 at Ripon Cathedral, Yorkshire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Isaac Sowerby (1857-1922) – a foreman gardener (1911)
  • William (1860-1932) – a journeyman gardener (1881)
  • Joseph Richard (b1870) – a general dealer (1901)

William died on 11 March 1914 at Knaresborough, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/667

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