Yates, William (1849-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

By the death of William Yates on December 21st, 1914, Manchester Primitive Methodism, and the Tenth Circuit in particular, has suffered a distinct loss. For forty-seven years he has been one of the most devoted local preachers in the city in which he was born in 1849. From his conversion at eighteen years of age to the day of his death he sought “first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.”

He was intensely spiritual, and had a passion for souls. It was this which led to his engagement by his own circuit to promote the interests of Trafford Road Church during the last seven years of his active life. He was mighty in prayer, fervent and intelligent in his evangelical appeals. His services were in constant demand by our own and other Churches in Manchester and district, and he had the joy of leading scores to Christ. 

The large number assembled at his interment was a striking tribute to the esteem in which he was held. He leaves a widow who was truly in all respects his other self, and a son, who is an official in our Broad Street Church on the Third Circuit.


William was born in the summer of 1849 at Hulme, Manchester, Lancashire, to parents Smith Yates, overlooker of cotton power looms (1861), and Mary Street.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1861 scholar
  • 1871 cotton weaver
  • 1881 cotton weaver
  • 1891 colored weaver cotton
  • 1901 cotton weaver
  • 1911 PM hired local preacher

He married Ellen Massey (1845-1917) in the summer of 1867 in the Salford Registration District, Lancashire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Smith (1876-1944) – a tram car brakesman (1911); goods receiving clerk (1921)

William died on 21 December 1914 at Pendleton, Manchester, Lancashire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/328

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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