Brown, William (1874-1952)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1927
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1927
Whilst at Clay Cross, William played for the chapel football team.
This image has been extracted from a team photograph supplied by David Sharp.

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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