Albert, William (1837-1908)
William was born on 7 March 1837 at Pensax, Worcestershire to parents James and Sarah. He was baptised on 7 May 1837 at Pensax. James, a cordwainer, was a local preacher and trustee in the Kidderminster circuit.
The 1851 census shows William also working as a cordwainer.
William’s obituary records that his preaching was original, powerful, and convincing; his soul was aflame with his message and his sorrow was great when people were indifferent to the claims of his Lord; he sighed on account of the sins of the multitude, but he was winsomeness itself as he besought men to be reconciled to Christ.
Outside of circuit work, William’s special interest was the study of medicine and anatomy.
He was most retiring as a man, and was not widely known as a consequence.
William married Mary Savage (b abt 1841) on 26 Jul 1861 at Down, Northern Ireland. Census returns identify three children.
- Sarah Jane (b1863) – married Thomas Dawson
- Emma (1869-1964) – married Franklin Hall, a lithographic artist; emigrated to USA in 1902
- David James (d1872) – an insurance agent in 1901
William died on 24 March 1908 at Winsford, Cheshire.
- 1861 Lisburn
- 1862 Belfast
- 1863 Portadown
- 1864 Donaghmore
- 1867 Raunds
- 1869 Spilsby
- 1871 Bungay
- 1872 St Albans
- 1875 Glastonbury
- 1879 Liskeard
- 1882 St Day
- 1885 Frome
- 1886 Winsford & Tarporley
- 1889 Hanley
- 1893 Preston Brook
- 1894 Winsford & Tarporley
- 1898 Chester lll
- 1901 Clun
- 1903 Guernsey
- 1904 Guernsey (Sup)
- 1906 Winsford
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1891/65; 1909/408
PM Minutes 1908/7
W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers