Glover, William (1865-1933)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923

Early years

William was born in 1865 at Halmerend, nr Audley, Staffordshire, six miles from Mow Cop, to parents John and Fanny. John was a coal miner.

William was converted when he was twenty-one. The call to preach coincided with a resolute endeavour to develop heart and mind by reading and study. The suggestion to enter the ministry was presented more than once, but William excused himself as not worthy. But the first step was taken when he became a lay agent in his own circuit and later in the Oakengates and Wellington circuit. William entered the ministry in 1894 as supply for Rev C Kenyon at Teignmouth.

The 1891 census shows William working as a clerk at the colliery.


After a successful ministry at Whiteinch, Glasgow, where William increased both membership and congregation and superintended the erection of a fine church, he obeyed the call to serve in Nigeria as a missionary.

William served as the District Missionary Secretary for eleven years whilst in Scotland.

William was a genial, brotherly man; one who never posed for effect, but one who never depressed the credit of either ministry or church; one who enjoyed relaxation, but one who never neglected duty for pleasure’s sake.


William married Mary Hannah Glover (1869-1935) in the summer of 1898 in the Newcastle under Lyme Registration District. Census returns identify one child, although the 1923 sketch in the PM magazine identifies that William and Mary also had a son.

  • Frances Highfield (1899-1976)

William died on 25 January 1933 at Cirencester, Gloucestershire.


  • 1894 Teignmouth
  • 1896 Hastings
  • 1898 Whiteinch
  • 1904 Jamestown, Nigeria
  • 1906 Ryde
  • 1909 Edinburgh
  • 1913 Whiteinch
  • 1922 Wellington
  • 1927 Gillingham
  • 1932 Cirencester


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923/332

Methodist Minutes 1933/251

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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