Fallas, William Reacher (1843-1918)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1901
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918

Early years

William was born on 23 December 1843 at Elkington, Lincolnshire. The family moved back to Horbury, Yorkshire, shortly after William was born. The 1851 census shows his mother as a widowed laundress living at Horbury, Yorkshire.

William was educated at the village school, supplemented by night school and Mechanics Institute classes.

William was converted during a revival in the Wakefield area led by Thomas Penrose and Henry Hatherley. He became a local preacher at the age of 16. At that time he was able to attend the Wesleyan day school at Holmfirth where he received a Christian influence and valuable training for 12 months. He tested himself as a hired local preacher in the Middleham circuit before entering the ministry.


William always placed first and foremost his work as a preacher. His pulpit work was done with conscientiousness. He was never dull, always fresh and interesting. His delivery was stately, vigorous, powerful and the longer he remained at a station the better he was appreciated.

William served as Building Committee Secretary for the Leeds and York District.

Although he superannuated in 1907, William was engaged as an assistant minister at Bramley, Ilkley and Leeds I, only terminating his last engagement at the end of 1917.


William married Fanny Cook (abt1843-1916) in September 1870 at North Thoresby, nr Louth, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify one of their three children.

  • Edith Mary (1876-1957) – married Thomas Arthur Middleton, an engineer

William died on 26 April 1918 at Bramley, Leeds, Yorkshire.


  • 1866 Melton Mowbray
  • 1867 Coningsby
  • 1869 Lincoln
  • 1870 Nottingham II
  • 1871 Sheffield II
  • 1873 Hinckley
  • 1875 Boston
  • 1879 Sheffield I
  • 1883 Sileby
  • 1885 Mexborough
  • 1888 Gainsborough
  • 1889 Burton on Trent
  • 1894 Morley
  • 1898 Leeds V
  • 1901 Normanton
  • 1905 Knaresborough
  • 1907 Leeds V (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1901/162; 1918/875

PM Minutes 1918/257

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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