Rumming, William James (1851-1915)

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

On March 13th, 1915, Mr. W. J. Rumming, of Brinkworth, passed away after a long and severe illness. Joining our Church at Brinkworth twenty years ago, he was treasurer for over ten years. His deepest concern was for the church’s welfare. For her he prayed, for her he lived. The news of the church’s progress always filled him with joy. 

His suffering at times was very great. But he bore it in beautiful patience. His trust in God was firm. He much appreciated a visit from any member of the circuit, and his request before they left was that they should pray. As prayer was offered, he entered into the spirit of worship and found in it precious comfort, which he so much needed in the days of suffering. 

He passed away on the Saturday morning as though he were sleeping. At the funeral on the following Wednesday Rev. A. Longstaff delivered a most suitable address. The remains were laid to rest in the Brinkworth Cemetery. A memorial service was conducted on Sunday morning, March 21st, by the writer.


William was born in 1851 at Grittenham, Brinkworth, Wiltshire, to parents William Rumming, a farmer of 140 acres (1861), and Jane Tuck.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1871 farmer’s son
  • 1881 farmer of 133 acres employing 2 men, 2 boys and 3 women
  • 1891 farmer
  • 1901 farmer
  • 1911 farmer

He married Caroline Collingborn (1853-1937) in the spring of 1871 in the Malmesbury Registration District, Wiltshire. Census returns identify eight of ten children.

  • Louisa Caroline (1871-1963) – married Frederick Thomas Tuck, a farmer (1911), in 1893; married Eden George Hayward, a farmer (1921), in 1918
  • Annie Elizabeth (1873-1958) – married Robert Sidney Tayler, a farmer (1911), in 1894
  • Henry James (1874-1930) – a farmer (1901)
  • John Percy (1879-1970) – a farmer (1911)
  • Emily Jane (1880-1901)
  • Francis William (1882-1967) – assisting on farm (1911); a farmer (1921)
  • Ada Mary (1886-1954) – married Ernest Edmund Chequer, a wheelwright (1921), in 1916
  • Walter Charles (1890-1969) – a farmer (1921)

William died on 13 March 1915 at Brinkworth, Wiltshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/664

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