Trusswell, William (1838-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Isaiah Potts

William Truswell, passed away with tragic suddenness on Sunday, May 25th, 1913. Born at Bolsover, in the year 1838, he was converted at thirteen years of age. And with this quickening of his spiritual nature, there was a mental quickening. He had a thirst for knowledge, was clear-headed and very intelligent. He became a local preacher, and rejoiced to preach “the glorious gospel of the blessed God.” 

About the year 1863, he came to live at Sheffield, in the neighbourhood of Newhall, where there was great spiritual destitution. He opened his house for preaching services, and with Mr. W. Palfreyman and Mr. George Smith, missioned the neighbourhood. In 1876 Newhall Church and Sunday School was built at a cost of £2,200. The first £50, that Mr. Truswell made in business he gave to the church. Mr. Truswell has done much to strengthen and advance Primitive Methodism in Sheffield. A trustee for five of our chapels, he took great interest in evangelistic work, and was a thorough believer in Methodist doctrine. He was elected a Deed Poll member at the Conference of 1912, and he greatly appreciated this distinguished honour. 

He has left a widow and four children. Our brother was interred at Burngreave on May 28th. Mr. James Sivil represented the General Committee, Rev. C. Dudley the District Committee, and Rev. J.R. Tranmer the Church Council. Rev. W.D. Cox gave an address in the church.


William was born in 1838 at Bolsover, Derbyshire, to parents William Truswell, who worked the land (1841), and Mary Jane Ferrey. He was baptised on 4 February 1838 at Bolsover.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1851 coal miner
  • 1861 engine tenter
  • 1871 engine tenter at colliery waste
  • 1881 iron founder employing 10 men & 4 boys
  • 1891 heating engineer
  • 1901 heating engineer
  • 1911 heating engineer

He married Hannah Palfreyman (abt1835-1893) in late 1860 at Beetwell Street PM Chapel, Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Albert (1862-1944) – a heating engineer (1911)

He married Ellen Metcalfe (1864-1950) in the summer of 1894 in the Sheffield Registration District, Yorkshire. Census returns identify three of five children.

  • Wilfrid (1894-1945) – coppersmith and heating engineer (1939)
  • Arnold (1900-1972) – heating ventilator (1921); a copper brazier (1939)
  • Florence (1903-1996) – a draper’s assistant (1921); married Francis George Moore Daulman, a manufacturing chemical representative (1939), in 1925

William died on 25 May 1913 at Newhall, Sheffield, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/831

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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