Pearson, William (1841-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W.C.

In the home call of William Pearson Bradford VII. has lost one of its pillars. He was cradled in our Church, and in the revival of 1858 was converted, and from that day he was Christ’s bond-servant. He never tired in Christian work. He was always at his post, and ever believed that the best was yet to be. In the truest sense a reliable man, the sick and the needy found him a true friend. He was mighty in prayer and wise in counsel.

He was Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent for forty-five years, and for considerably over twenty years he led what used to be his father’s class. He held all the other offices of the church and circuit for years, and represented the circuit on the District Committee. Twice he was elected to Conference, and repeatedly he was nominated for the Deed Poll membership. 

He has left those who will cherish his memory and maintain the loyal service he gave to his Church. Revs. J.J. Reeves, G. Welbourne and W. Christie conducted the funeral service.


This was probably William Pearson born in the summer of 1841 at Eccleshill, Yorkshire, to parents Henry Pearson, a woollen cloth manufacturer (1851) and local preacher (1861), and Jane Gray.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1851 scholar
  • 1861 woollen weaver
  • 1871 woollen manufacturer
  • 1881 woollen cloth manufacturer employing 5 men and 10 women
  • 1891 cloth manufacturer
  • 1901 woollen manufacturer
  • 1911 retired woollen cloth manufacturer

He married Hannah Holgate (1843-1883) in the summer of 1866 in the Bradford Registration District, Yorkshire. Census returns identify six children.

  • Bertha (1870-1925) – married Richard Dobson, a woollen warehouseman (1901), in 1894
  • Jane Eliza (1873-1953)
  • Phillip Henry (1875-1913) – a woollen manufacturer (1911)
  • Julia Grace (1877-1969) – a woollen warper (1901)
  • Selina (1879-948) – a clerk (1911)
  • Claudius Arthur (1881-1961) – a woollen manufacturer (1939)

He married Mary Ann Lloyd (1862-1937) in early 1886 in the Bradford Registration District, Yorkshire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Eunice (1887-1974) – a secondary school teacher (1939)

William died on 20 January 1915 at Calverley, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/579

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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