Brining, William (1792-1867)

Primitive Methodist Magazine
Englesea Brook Museum ENBM 1990.21.34b

William was born on 26 March 1792 at Preston, Lancashire.

Before entering the ministry William worked as a weaver.


In relation to Preston in Holderness, Kendall records; ‘ The first chapel at Preston was built in 1822, at a cost of £200, and was capable of  seating 174 persons. For several years Preston, Burstwick, and Eimswell Chapels were a source of great anxiety, especially so as they were not originally Connexional chapels, but private property. The Hull Quarterly Meeting of 1827 directed that Brother William Brining “should get Preston and Rimswell Chapels painted without cost to the funds, or, if he painted them himself, paint should be found him.” During the course of its history Preston has sometimes been attached to Patrington, sometimes to Hull.’

Patterson records that at Hexham in 1841-2. William Brining was superintendent, and his colleagues included Christopher Hallam, Henry Yooll, and Colin C. McKechnie.


William was married to Margaret (1791-1863). Census returns identify two children.

  • William (1820-1874) – a PM Minister between 1841 and 1847. He emigrated to USA in 1847 and settled in Liberty, Missouri. He became a lawyer and ran for office as County Clerk.
  • John (1822-1877) – a PM Minister

William married Rebecca Hunt Tims (1803-1866) in the last quarter of 1863 in Teesdale. Rebecca was the sister of Jonathan Tims, a travelling preacher. Rebecca had become a local preacher in 1826 and travelling preacher in 1829. She had married John Pratt (d1849) in 1834.

William died on 26 March 1867 at St Helens, Auckland.


  • 1822 Hull
  • 1828 Keighley
  • 1829 Bolton
  • 1830 Hull
  • 1834 York
  • 1835 Swinefleet
  • 1837 Westgate
  • 1841 Hexham
  • 1843 Whitehaven
  • 1845 Paisley
  • 1846 Sunderland
  • 1849 Barnard Castle
  • 1852 Alston
  • 1854 Newcastle
  • 1855 Westgate
  • 1858 S Shields
  • 1860 Darlington
  • 1861 St Helen’s Auckland
  • 1863 St Helen’s Auckland


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1847/193; 1867/482

PM Minutes 1867/14

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1, 392; vol 2, p121

Primitive Methodist Women

W M Patterson, Northern Primitive Methodism, 1909

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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