Cox, William Dalton (1870-1957)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

 WILLIAM DALTON COX: born in 1870 at North Dalton near Driffield. He showed early promise of spiritual maturity and entered Hartley College in 1893. There he gained an ardent love of New Testament studies which he never lost. He had a tranquil mind which was nourished throughout the years by his study of the Gospels. This, combined with his deep love of poetry, helped to create a tender and charming quality of character. Geniality and graciousness marked him in all his interchanges with his fellow ministers and his people. 

His ministry was mainly exercised in the North: West Auckland, Doncaster, Newcastle upon Tyne and Swinton, Manchester. During the first World War he served for a time in France with the Y.M.C.A., where his influence was outstandingly effective. His pulpit ministrations and his pastoral care made him a much loved man in all his circuits. Special circumstances of illness in his domestic circle led to a somewhat early retirement from the active ministry. He lived in Faversham for the last years, and there he was able to render loving though limited service. Failing eyesight restricted his reading and his movements, but he retained his charm of spirit to the end. He died on 25th July 1957, in the eighty-seventh year of his age and the sixty-fourth of his ministry.


William was born in 1870 at North Dalton, nr Driffield, Yorkshire, to parents William Cox, a farmer, and Margaret Dalton.

He married Frances Jane Blanchard (1875-1900) in the summer of 1897 at Malton, Yorkshire.

He married Eleanor Jane Dawson (1878-1956) on 4 July 1901 at Trinity Wesleyan Church, Roundhay Rd, Potter Newton, Leeds, Yorkshire. Census returns identify three children.

  • William Ronald (1902-1969) – a fruit grower (1957)
  • Norman Dawson (1903-1973) – poultryman and farm worker (1939)
  • Margaret Longbotham (1904-1942)

William died on 25 July 1957 at Faversham, Kent.


  • Hartley
  • 1893 Docking
  • 1897 Norwich II
  • 1899 Middleham
  • 1901 St Helens Auckland
  • 1908 Sheffield VI
  • 1911 Doncaster II
  • 1914 Newcastle II
  • 1919 Tunbridge Wells
  • 1924 Manchester VIII
  • 1925 Shooters Hill
  • 1926 supernum


Methodist Minutes 1958/170

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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