Wood, William (1839-1911)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by James Badminton

Our Church at Masbro’, Rotherham II. Circuit, has lost another of its stalwart members and officials by the death of Mr. William Wood on Nov. 11th, 1911. He was born at Middle Rasen, Lincolnshire, in 1839. In youth he gave himself to the Saviour and joined our Church, and for more than fifty years was a most active worker in the cause of Jesus Christ. 

He was a Local Preacher for some years, and whilst living at Sprotbro’ the preaching services were held in his house. About forty-one years ago he removed to Rotherham, and joined our Society. A Trustee both of the old and new chapels, and also of our Handsworth property, he was a most successful family visitor, and even when on his business would be often requested to visit and pray with persons who were about to pass away. He placed a high estimate on religious duties, and his work was continuous until he was stricken down by the accident which caused his death. 

Many friends attended the funeral, which took place on November 15th. The first part of the service was conducted by the Revs. J. Badminton and G.G. Martindale and Mr. H. Houghton. The interment took place in the Masbro’ Cemetery. A memorial service was conducted by the writer on the following Sunday evening in our College Road Church.


William was born in early 1839 at Middle Rasen, Lincolnshire, to parents George Wood, who worked the land (1841), and Mary Emmingham. He was baptised on 17 March 1839 at Middle Rasen.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1861 carter
  • 1871 agricultural labourer
  • 1881 oil salesman (miller)
  • 1891 oil merchant
  • 1901 oil merchant
  • 1911 hawker (oil)

He married Sarah Brown (1837-1909) in late 1863 at Epworth, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify seven children.

  • Anne (1865-1923) – a general servant (1881); married William Ardron, a coal miner, in 1886
  • John William (1867-1962) – a life assurance agent (1911); hotel proprietor (1939)
  • Martha (1869-1944) – a housekeeper (1911)
  • Ada (1870-1949) – a dressmaker (1911)                 
  • Mary Elizabeth (abt1874-1965) – a shopkeeper (1911)
  • Arthur (1876-1956) – a gas meter inspector (1911)
  • George Herbert (b1879) – a railway shunter (1901); emigrated to Canada in 1905

William died on 11 November 1911 at Masborough, Rotherham, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/243

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