Cutts, William (1823-1908)
William was born on 26 March 1823 at Kersall, Nottinghamshire to parents William Cutts and Mary Knight. His family moved to Caunton , Nottinghamshire three years later. William was converted during a revival at Caunton in 1840. By September 1840 he was on the plan. He was reluctant to take the next step into full-time ministry, finally responding to a call from his own circuit, Retford, in 1845.
William was Sectretary of Conference in 1876 and President in 1883. He was Missionary Secretary 1878-1883 and later became a Deed Poll member of Conference.
When superannuated, William worked on missionary enterprises in the Sheffield District.
Rev J Travis writes in his obituary; ‘He was a great winner of souls. He had spiritual endowments. The unseen were the real things. God was to him a living God. Prayer to him was the soul’s entry unto the presence of the eternal. He had the gift of intercession and it was increased with the using.’
William married Emma Pearson (1830-1916) in the summer of 1850 at Sheffield, Yorkshire. Census returns identify seven children.
- William Henry (1852-1918) – a railway cashier
- Francis George (1853-1895) – a railway cashier
- Annie Louisa (1856-1944) – a music teacher
- Adah Elizabeth (1858-1947)
- Mary Hannah (1859-1943) – married William Thompson, a draper
- Emily Gertrude Vickers (1861-1919) – married Frederick Crawshaw, a grocer
- Lucy Adela (1864-1916) – a lady’s companion
William died on 13 January 1908 at Sheffield, Yorkshire.
- 1846 Nottingham
- 1847 Rotherham
- 1848 Sheffield
- 1849 Derby
- 1850 Grantham
- 1852 Brompton
- 1853 Chesterfield
- 1854 Leicester l
- 1857 Sheffield ll
- 1860 Sheffield l
- 1862 Nottingham l
- 1865 Belper
- 1867 Chesterfield
- 1871 Nottingham l
- 1875 Rotherham
- 1878 Missionary Secretary
- 1883 Sheffield ll
- 1888 Doncaster l
- 1890 Sheffield V (Sup)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1874 (portrait); 1853/577; 1908/567
PM Minutes 1908/17
H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 2, p373, p392
W Leary,Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers