Carthy, William (1804-1861)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1849

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

WILLIAM CARTHY was born at Alrewas, Staffordshire, in 1805. He was converted through the labours of the Rev. Sampson Turner about the year 1820. In 1822 he became‘a local preacher, and in 1824 he was taken out to travel. He served the Lord and the Connexion laboriously, was a zealous and persevering minister of the Gospel of Christ, and an unflinching advocate of right and justice. He enjoyed generally excellent health, but for months before his death he frequently complained of being unusually weary after his labour of the day. At length he was attacked by fever, and his physical system being too much exhausted was unable to sustain the shock; he therefore sank beneath its power, and died October 12th, 1861, testifying of the presence and support of his Redeemer in the last and final hour.


William was baptised on 6 May 1804 at Alrewas, Staffordshire, with his twin sister, Hannah. His parents were Charles and Hannah.

He married Sarah Brown (d1844) on 28 October 1828 at Bolton on Swale, Yorkshire. Records identify three children.

  • Henry William (1829-1858) – a surgeon (1951)
  • William (1832-1832)
  • Sarah Hannah (1838-1911) – married Francis Stafford, an advertising agent (1891), a undertaker(1911), in 1862

He married Martha Kirkland (1814-1880) in the spring of 1846 at Nottingham.

William died in 12 October 1861 at Ikeston, Derbyshire.


  • 1824 Otley
  • 1825 Brompton
  • 1826 Newcastle
  • 1827 Sunderland (6 mths)
  • 1827 Darlington (6 mths)
  • 1829 Glasgow
  • 1830 Hexham
  • 1831 Silsden
  • 1833 Bilston
  • 1834 Sheffield
  • 1836 Northampton
  • 1838 Belper
  • 1840 Leicester
  • 1843 Melton Mowbray
  • 1845 Leicester
  • 1846 Ashby de la Zouch
  • 1848 Ilkeston
  • 1853 Donington
  • 1855 Lincoln
  • 1857 Bottesford
  • 1859 Ilkeston


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1849/577; 1899/33

PM Minutes 1862/6

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1, p249

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Transcription of a sketch published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 1899.

Comments about this page

  • How marvellous to gaze upon the face of my 3rd great uncle(my great great grandfathers brother).Having only ever seen one picture of my grandfather Carthy,I can’t tell you how pleased I am to see this from so many generations ago.I can furnish you with a little more of his family history if required.
    Thank you so much.
    Anthony D Carthy

    By Anthony Carthy (26/08/2019)

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