Archer, William


I have not been able to identify William in on-line records. Can anyone point me in the right direction?


  • 1873 Pocklington
  • 1874 Hornsea
  • 1875 Tetney
  • 1877 Brighton
  • 1878 disappears


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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers



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  • The 1881 Census identifies a William Archer of the right age range, born in Yorkshire, and now a farmer and Congregational minister (as was his brother Bartholomew who shared the household). According to the Surman Index, William began his appointment only in 1881 (aged 30) and ministered for 10 years. He had studied at the Nottingham Congregational Institute (later Congregational College, ultimately amalgamated with the Northern in Manchester) prior to his first appointment, and no doubt itinerated as a trainee and probationer before being offered that initial congregation in 1881, so the dates fit pretty well. Retiring from ministry after 8-9 years, he then at some point purchased a hotel in Southport where he died aged almost 80, in 1930. His brother had begun his training younger (he was a boarder described as theology student in 1881, and this was no doubt a period when he was a probationary itinerant hoping to be offered a posting following his training), and ministered until 1897, his last posting being to Southport where he died some 35 years later. The 1911 Census self-describes him as a retired farmer but his probate entry describes him as ‘reverend’; which William’s does not.

    By Sandy Calder (25/02/2019)

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