Carrier, William (1868-1942)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920

Early years

William was born in 1868 at Old Hill, Staffordshire, to parents Dennis and Ann. Dennis was superintendent of the Sunday School for over thirty years.

William was converted in response to an appeal by his Sunday School teacher when sixteen years old. Through giving an address in the Sunday School, William was called on to the Plan.


William was successful in reducing trust debts on many of his circuits; £1,000 raised at Belgrave Gate, Leicester; £1,000 raised at Abbeydale, Sheffield and £600 at Carter Knowle.

As a preacher, William was evangelical, ever striving to win a verdict for his Master. He was a live wire in the pulpit, and the earnestness of his spirit made his message an inspiration to his hearers. At Cross Keys, William led a revival resulting in an increase of one hundred members.

His obituary records that as a strong Free Churchman, William was active on public platforms, seeking for social betterment and the improvement of the lot of his fellow men.

His rich Christian experience inspired confidence, and hearts were open to him. He always entered those open doors with the grace and understanding of his Master. A strong man, he showed a tenderness and winsomeness that drew others to him.


William married Annie Cooper (1870-1933) in the summer of 1897 at West Bromwich, Staffordshire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Enid Doris (1898-1965) – married John Oldham in 1922
  • William Arthur (b abt1901) – an analytical chemist (1942)
  • Gwilym Wilson (1902-1919)

William died on 28 May 1942 at West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1891 Manchester III
  • 1894 Hanley
  • 1895 Ramsor
  • 1897 Wolverhampton I
  • 1902 Cross Keys
  • 1906 Cardiff II
  • 1911 Leicester I
  • 1916 Sheffield IX
  • 1923 Woodley
  • 1927 Nottingham I
  • 1932 Nottingham I (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920/816; 1921/466

Methodist Minutes 1942/155

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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