Barrett, Willie Seaman (1868-1925)
Willie was born in 1869 at Norwich, Norfolk to parents William and Kezia. William was a corn merchant’s foreman (1881).
Willie was a member of the Catechumen Class at the Dereham Road Church, Norwich, when he was thirteen. The next year he was a Sunday school teacher. He received a note to preach from Rev George Bell when he was sixteen and achieved ‘Full Plan’ at eighteen.
Willie was a teacher in the higher grade school, and had matriculated at London University when, in 1889, he went to Bolton II circuit as a hired local preacher. A year at Manchester College followed.
As a preacher, Willie was clear, forceful and evangelical in the wider sense. He was a good reader. Bible subjects came first, then history and biography.
Whilst on the Rockland circuit, Willie built the chapel at Attleborough.
Willie served as District Temperance and Equalisation Secretary.
His obituary records that friendliness was one of Willie’s outstanding characteristics. He loved people, all sorts of people. His sympathy and service were easily evoked and freely given.
Willie married Lydia Welsh (1872-1952) in the summer of 1895 at Gateshead, Co Durham. Census returns identify two children.
- Laura Mary (1899-1976) – married John Hadfield in 1924
- Walter Herbert (1901-1973) – a schoolteacher (1952)
Willie died on 5 September 1925 at Great Harwood, Lancashire.
- 1891 Gateshead II
- 1893 Sheffield II
- 1897 York I
- 1900 Burnley
- 1904 Blackburn III
- 1907 Diss
- 1909 East Dereham
- 1912 Rockland
- 1918 Sheffield III
- 1922 Blackburn III
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920/486; 1921/464; 1926/141
PM Minutes 1926/251
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers