Pugh, William (1833-1910)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by R. Crewdson

Primitive Methodism in Stockport has suffered a serious loss in the sudden decease of William Pugh, November 19th, 1910. Born in the village of Baschurch, in Shropshire, 77 years ago, at the age of ten he was sent to our Sunday School. When quite a young man he entered into conscious fellowship with Jesus Christ, and was called, not long after, to be a preacher of the Word, and he exercised a very gracious ministry in Shropshire, Liverpool, Woodley, and Stockport. 

None who heard William Pugh preach on New Testament incidents can ever forget the impressive and vivid way in which he made the truth contained therein to live before them. His face would shine with spiritual radiance as he prayed or sang such hymns as “And can it be.” He was greatly successful as a class leader and teacher of young men. 

Rev. R. Crewdson conducted a memorial service on Sunday evening, December 11th. Much sympathy is felt for the family, and especially for Mrs. Pugh, who is, indeed, a “mother in Israel.”


William was born abt1833 at Baschurch, Shropshire, to parents John and Sarah. He was baptised on 17 August 1833 at Baschurch.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William

  • 1861 coal porter
  • 1871 warehouse keeper
  • 1881 tea dealer’s assistant
  • 1891 corn porter
  • 1901 caretaker PM chapel

He married Elizabeth Jane Thompson (1838-1863). Census returns identify one child.

  • James (1860-1863)

He married Diana Thomas (abt1839-1922)  in the spring of 1870 at Liverpool, Lancashire. Census returns identify six children.

  • Susan Ellen (1873-1897) – a hat trimmer (1891)          
  • Margaret Rosa (1875-1918) – a towel weaver (1901); plush weaver (1911) 
  • Clara Annie (1877-1971) – a felt hat framer (1901); married John Thomas Perkins, a house decorator (1939), in 1902
  • Miriam (b abt1879)                       
  • John Herbert (1880- – grocer & tea dealer (1901); emigrated to New Zealand
  • Jessie Elizabeth (1882-1961) – cotton bobbin winder (1901); winder – plush weavers (1911)

William died on 19 November 1910 at Stockport, Cheshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911/158

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