Seymour, William (1830-1912)
Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W.H.T.
Mr. William Seymour was born at Hutton Rudby, Yorks, in 1830, and finished his earthly labours at Manchester, September 14th, 1912. He was converted while in his teens, and for over sixty years as teacher, local preacher and class leader rendered yeoman service to our Church.
Coming as a young man to South Bank, Middlesboro’, he entered heartily into the life of the Church and the District. “Northern Primitive Methodism” refers to him. He travelled far, preached successfully and witnessed many conversions as the result of his ministry. He took keen interest in the District Committee work, and was several times elected to the annual Synod and the Conference.
The public life of the town received his ungrudging devotion, as witnessed by the fact that for many years he served as a Guardian, County Councillor, and Chairman of the Urban Council. For over sixty years he was an ardent temperance advocate. He was passionately interested in our Connexional literature and in our African Missions; greatly honoured at South Bank where he was a prominent leader for fifty years, and at Upper Moss Lane, Manchester, where he spent the last six years, he quietly fell asleep after a peaceful eventide and brief illness.
William was born in 1830 at Hutton Rudby, Yorkshire, to parents Thomas, a linen weaver, and Ann. He was baptised on 16 January 1831 at Hutton Rudby.
Census returns identify the following occupations for William.
- 1861 carter
- 1871 contractor
- 1881 auctioneer & farmer
- 1891 auctioneer
- 1901 auctioneer
- 1911 retired auctioneer, old age pensioner
He married Mary Harrison (1831-1894) in the spring of 1853 in the Stockton Registration District, Co. Durham. Census returns identify ten children.
- Ann (1854-1931) – married George Brittain, a grocer (1881), in 1873
- Thomas (1856-1927) – an auctioneer (1911)
- Jane (1858-1931) – married Frank Williamson, a joiner (1891), on 1 March 1877
- Elizabeth (1861-1894) – married David Oxford Pattison, an insurance agent (1891) in 1883
- Mary (1864-1951) – married John William Priest, assistant superintendent of Burial Board (1911), in 1882
- Isabella (1865-1897) – married William Allen, a bank messenger (1891), in 1887
- John (1867-1922) – a steel smelter (1911)
- Dorothy (1868-1937) – married George Haste Meek, a steel smelter (1901), in 1889
- Emma (1870-1872)
- Ada (1872-1962) – a domestic housekeeper (1901)
- Richard (1875-1960) – certificated teacher (1911)
He married Eliza Pattison, nee Rudge (1856-1906) in the summer of 1895 in the Middlesborough Registration District, Yorkshire. They brought up one daughter, born to Eliza before their marriage.
- Eliza Gertrude Pattison (1892-1973) – a shop assistant (1911); married James K. Walthew in 1915
William died on 14 September 1912 at Manchester, Lancashire.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/913
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers