Swaby, William (1836-1921)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

Transcription of Magazine ‘Sketch’

Through his long life William Swaby has been associated with our Church. At the first District Meeting held at Louth (1859) his uncle provided the lorry for the Camp Meeting preachers, the Rev. J Petty being amongst them. Mr. Swaby continues the tradition.

Forty-three years he has been a member of our Louth Society. His local-preachership numbers 42 years. His own services and those of his horse are always available. He passed a quarter of a century in the Sunday School filling the assistant superintendency for five years. A dozen years he conducted a Society class. As Society Steward his term reached 14 years and he has completed four as chief official of the Circuit.

He is a man of few words, never wasting time in any meeting; but his speech is wise and his counsel worth heeding. A man of sterling character, an official of unblemished record, a friend faithful and true, he is amongst men honourable in the Church.

A.R. Walsham

Family and other information

William was born in 1836 at Louth, Lincolnshire, to parents Edmund and Mary. Edmund was an agricultural labourer and later became a carter as well as working the land. William was baptised on 12 June 1836 at Louth.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1851 general labourer
  • 1861 agricultural labourer
  • 1871 agricultural labourer
  • 1881 carter
  • 1891 carter
  • 1901 carter and coal merchant
  • 1911 carter and coal merchant

William married Thirza Maddison (1840-1926) in early 1862 at Louth, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify five of nine children.

  • Emma Ann (1862-1924) – a domestic cook (1911)
  • Eliza (b abt1865)
  • Thirza (1866-1880)
  • Charles William (1867-1952) – a builder (1926)
  • Ethel Maddison (1879-1946) – married Frederick Roe, a corn miller, in 1908

William died on 2 August 1921 at Louth, Lincolnshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/194

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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