Wilson, Matthew (1839-1914)


Matthew was born in July 1839 at Whitehaven, Cumberland, to parents John Wilson, a sawyer (1851), and Ann Chisam.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Matthew.

  • 1861 cabinet maker and local Methodist preacher
  • 1871 PM minister
  • 1881 Independent minister of Torcross Chapel, Stokenham, Devon
  • 1891 china dealer at Crosscanonby, Cumberland
  • 1901 sub-postmaster and grocer shop-keeper in Eskdale
  • 1911 grocer dealer

He married Emily Strorey (abt1836-1913) in the summer of 1870 in the Alverstoke Registration District, Hampshire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Emily Ann Lilly (1871-1955) – married William Martin, a postman & grocer’s assistant (1911), in 1894

Matthew died on 26 November 1914 at Boot, Cumberland.


  • 1866 Malmesbury
  • 1868 Chipping Norton
  • 1869 Faringdon
  • 1871 Stanstead
  • 1872 disappears


W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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