Barton, William (1867-1935)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1924
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1924

Early years

William was born in 1867 at West Bromwich, Staffordshire, to parents Albert and Maria. Albert, a coal miner, was a local preacher.

At the time of the 1891 census, William was working as a labourer in a boiler yard.


William’s obituary records that as a preacher he was richly dowered, and knew how to use his gifts to the best advantage. He had a finely sympathetic nature, a remarkable fund of fervour and pathos, and a ready utterance. Preaching was his vocation, and he had great power in prayer. In administration he combined kindness and firmness.

William held district offices as Secretary of the Candidates’ Examining, Temperance, and Missionary Committee.


William married Mary Ann Breakwell (1868-1901) in the summer of 1899 at West Bromwich, Staffordshire. Census returns identify one child.

  • William Breakwell (1900-1958)

William married Martha Elizabeth Everingham (1864-1929) in the summer of 1903 at Pocklington, Yorkshire.

William died on 28 January 1935 at Seaham Harbour, Co Durham.


  • Hartley
  • 1895 Driffield
  • 1897 Hull II
  • 1900 Gateshead
  • 1904 Wingate
  • 1910 Hetton
  • 1914 Darlington
  • 1919 York II
  • 1922 South Yorks Mission
  • 1928 Ossett
  • 1932 Seaham Harbour


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1924/332

Methodist Minutes 1935/205

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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