Wright, William (1823-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W.H.

The Tetney Circuit has recently lost one of its most faithful and respected members and local preachers in the passing of Mr. Wright. He was born of godly parents in 1823. His early advantages were poor. He began to work at seven years of age, and at fifteen went to service to earn his own living. Converted at the age of thirteen, for seventy-six years he was a consistent member of the Church, and a local preacher for sixty-five years. A class leader, Sunday school teacher, and trustee, every office he held was filled with credit.

For over fifty years he resided at Fulston and was a pillar of the church. Both travelling and local preachers found a welcome at his home, and his gifts and services were lavishly laid on God’s altar. He was a constant visitor in the homes of affliction. His memory is revered by a large circle of old friends. 

He peacefully passed away, December 10th, 1914, at the ripe age of ninety-one, and his spirit entered the presence of its Lord.


William was born in 1823 at Cawkwell, Lincolnshire, to parents Edward, a labourer (1823), and Margaret. He was baptised on 11 May 1823 at Cawkwell.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1841 M.S. (male servant on farm)
  • 1851 farm labourer
  • 1861 butcher
  • 1871 butcher & farmer
  • 1881 grocer & farming 22 acres
  • 1891 farmer & grocer
  • 1901 farmer (retired)
  • 1911 no occupation recorded

He married Mary Ann Bray (1823-1891) on 25 December 1848 at Covenham St Bartholomew, Lincolnshire.

William died on 10 December 1914 at Fulstow, Lincolnshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/581

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: William lived at Fulstow, not Fulston as stated in the obituary.

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