Brewer, William (1810-1884)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1863
Copy provided by Steven Carter

Early years

William was born on 5 January 1810 at Seend Cleeve, Wiltshire. He was converted at the age of 15 under the preaching of Mrs Ride. He worked for two years as a hired local preacher in the Motcombe Circuit before becoming an itinerant.


His obituary records that whilst in Aylesbury, membership increased by over 300 and eight chapels were built.

The Andover circuit sent William into the New Forest in the spring of 1843. He was able to develop about ten preaching places. It is reported that some of the most daring poachers were converted to the Lord in that area. Before he left the vicinity the societies had met all his expenses and had nobly assisted in the erection of two chapels.

William took a lively concern in the spiritual welfare of the connexion. He was a thorough believer in the doctrine of a present salvation at every service. He wanted souls converted at every meeting.


William was married to Mary (b abt 1806 in Guernsey). He died on 29 October 1884 at St Peter Port, Guernsey.


  • 1837 Motcombe
  • 1839 Wallingford
  • 1840 Aylesbury
  • 1842 Andover
  • 1843 Lymington
  • 1845 Lyndhurst
  • 1846 Romsey
  • 1847 Sherborne
  • 1849 Maidenhead
  • 1850 Newbury
  • 1851 Wallingford
  • 1854 Basingstoke
  • 1856 Sturminster
  • 1858 Sherborne
  • 1859 Sturminster
  • 1860 Marlborough
  • 1861 Calder Bank
  • 1863 Alderney
  • 1866 Brighton
  • 1869 Alderney (S)
  • 1870 Guernsey


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1863 (portrait); 1885/177

PM Minutes 1885/4

J Petty, The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, p444

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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