Richards, William (1833-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

On the 6th of February, 1913, in his seventy-ninth year, William Richards, one of the veterans of the Hasbury Church, gladly answered the summons to come up higher. His grandfather was one of the first in this neighbourhood to open his house for preaching services, and for fifty years preachers found a home in his parents’ house. William was a scholar in the first Sunday School formed here, and he afterwards became a teacher. Removing to Bournheath, and subsequently to King’s Heath, he was here instrumental in securing land for a new chapel. 

Losing first his only child, and then his wife, he went to reside with his sister, Mrs. Bennett, and about eight years ago returned with her to Hasbury and the church of their youth. William Richards enjoyed communion with God and he was ardently attached to the services of the sanctuary. He loved the old ways, and the decay of the class meeting was to him a real sorrow. His conversation to the last was about God’s work and evinced a great longing for a revival. 

His funeral took place on Feb. 9th, and a memorial service, conducted by Mr. J. Brown and Mr. B. Timmins, was held on the following Sunday night.


William was born in 1833 at Halesowen, Worcestershire, to parents John, a farmer (1861), and Hannah. He was baptised on 12 May 1833 at Halesowen.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1851 no occupation; living with parents on farm
  • 1861 on father’s farm
  • 1881 farmer 28 acres
  • 1891 farmer
  • 1901 retired farmer
  • 1911 too infirm for occupation – retired farmer

He married Mary Waldron (1836-1898). I have not been able to identify the marriage record. Census returns identify one child.

  • Julia Ann (1863-1887)

William died on 6 February 1913 at Hasbury, Worcestershire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/578

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