Brown, William (1874-1952)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1927
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1927
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1927
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1927

Early years

William was born in 1874 at Sunderland, Co Durham to parents William and Caroline. William worked as a shipwright. William was brought up within a Primitive Methodist family, which included six sons. Four became Methodist ministers and a fifth entered the Congregational ministry.

William was brought up in the PM Church at Williamson Terrace. For many years he was Sunday School Secretary and Organist. After being a local preacher for some years, William spent a time as Lay Agent in the Liverpool District.


His obituary records that through all his life William had a virile faith and a capacity to express it, especially when circumstances were unfavourable. He was content with life’s simple joys and found Nature a great companion. Above all he was a man of God, and in God’s service his varied gifts found there full expression. An able preacher, a careful administrator, and a faithful pastor, he was respected for his integrity and valued for the warm friendship he extended to his people.


William married Gertrude Ellen Juffs (1876-1952) in the summer of 1905 at Clitheroe, Lancashire. – The 1927 PM magazine sketch identified three children.

  • Gertrude Doreen (b1910)
  • William E (b1914)
  • Frederick

William died on 31 July 1952 in the Shardlow Registration District, Derbyshire.


  • 1901 Wallingford
  • 1902 Lowick
  • 1904 Clitheroe
  • 1905 Lowick
  • 1908 Clay Cross
  • 1911 Bolsover
  • 1916 Market Drayton
  • 1918 Derby III
  • 1921 Hetton
  • 1926 Ripley Notts Rd
  • 1934 Derby Dairy House Rd
  • 1936 Derby South
  • 1937 Leek
  • 1941 Sandbach
  • 1946 Derby (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1927/806

Methodist Minutes 1953/121

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers



Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference.

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