Trevithick, William Henry (1845-1913)

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

William Henry Trevithick was born at Lostwithiel, in Cornwall, August 12th, 1845. His father was for over thirty-seven years a devoted member and official of the little Primitive Chapel of that town, and gave a son to our ministry. At the age of eighteen William Trevithick was converted, and soon afterwards was appointed local preacher, proving very acceptable in the St. Austell Circuit. 

Removing to Exeter, he became Sunday School superintendent, and occasionally took appointments on the plan. Business called him to Bodmin, and as there was no Primitive Methodist Chapel in that town, he joined the Salvation. Army, but on coming to Plymouth again joined his old society. On coming to the New Church at Cobourg Street he was elected trust treasurer, and held many other prominent positions in the church, until a few months before his death, which took place April 3rd, 1913. Thus after fifty years of faithful service in the Master’s cause, he has gone to his eternal reward.


William was born on 12 August 1845 at Plymouth, Devon, to parents James Trevithick, a brush maker, and Eliza Hearn. The family moved to Loswithiel when William was young.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1861 brush maker’s apprentice
  • 1871 brush maker employing 1 man and 3 boys
  • 1881 brush maker and flour dealer
  • 1891 brush maker
  • 1901 brush maker
  • 1911 brush manufacturer

He married Elizabeth Rundle (abt1842-1922) on 24 December 1868 at Pinhoe, Devon. Census returns identify six children.

  • Ella Emmeline (1870-1965) – married Patrick George Power, a coastguard (1911), in 1894
  • William Edgar (b1872) – a footman (1891)
  • Minnie Ida (1874-1901) – a dressmaker (1901)
  • Fauscett Mark (aka John) (1876-1959) – a plumber in Royal Navy, 1897-1920
  • Frederick Archie (1877-1885)
  • Sydney Reginald (1881-1916) – a house painter (1911)

William died on 3 April 1913 at Plymouth, Devon.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/834

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