Weaver, William (1860-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.G.

William Weaver was born, lived and died in Faringdon, and is buried in Faringdon Cemetery, and Faringdon Circuit may congratulate herself and give thanks to God for the rearing of such a son. Born in 1861 near Wantage, he was brought to Faringdon when six weeks old. Before he was nine years of age he began to work for his little bit of bread. He kept at work till the end. He was at work in the harvest field four days before he died. Active, aggressive, hard work was one of his outstanding characteristics. 

Married when nineteen years of age, in the second year of his married life God converted him while ploughing. The following fifteen years of his life were full of intense struggle to keep the wolf from the door. Then his wife died and left him with five children. About a year after he married Miss Rose Reason, who survives him with her son George. Leaving agricultural labour, he tried many things with small success, eventually achieving prosperity. 

His consciousness of God, his spiritual fortitude, his evangelistic zeal, his Christian liberality and  child-mindedness filled us with admiration. His end came very suddenly. On Saturday, August 15th, he collapsed in the harvest field, and on August 19th he passed away. His end was peace.


William was born in 1860 at Chilton, Berkshire, to parents John Weaver, who worked the land, and Sophia Snell.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1871 agricultural labourer
  • 1881 agricultural labourer
  • 1891 general labourer
  • 1901 haulier
  • 1911 farmer & haulier

He married Fanny Lea (abt1859-1897) on 19 October 1878 at Farringdon, Berkshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • Eliza Jane (1879-1942) – married Richard Giles, an oil tank driver (1911), in 1904
  • Agnes Ann (1881-1964) – married Edward Frank Morling, a retail dairyman (1939), in 1905
  • Sophia Miriam (1884-1975) – art needle work (1921); married Ronald Octavious Bickerton Burgess, a railway clerk (1939), in 1938
  • William (b1886) – haulier (1911)
  • Jessie May (1891-1970) – married Arthur Harry Burchell, a booking clerk (1921), in 1915

He married Rose Emma Reason (1868-1960) in the summer of 1898 in the Highworth Registration District, Wiltshire. Census returns identify one child.

  • George John (1899-1950) – a lorry driver (1939)

William died on 19 August 1914 at Farringdon, Berkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/916

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Online records suggest William was born in 1860, not 1861 as stated in the obituary.

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