Hough, Ernest William (1880-1963)

Supplied by Michael Bailey
Supplied by Michael Bailey

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

ERNEST WILLIAM HOUGH: born in Macclesfield, in 1880, of Methodist parents. He attended a local school and at an early age took a keen interest in Church Work. He served his apprenticeship as a carpenter and soon developed the gift of leadership among his fellow men. He became a Lay Pastor, studying hard to equip himself for the full ministry, a goal which he achieved in 1918 and continued in active service for the next thirty-four years. 

His ministry took him to the South Wales Mission, Cwm, Lydbrook, Birmingham, Nantwich, Rhosymedre, Willenhall and Tarporley. He retired in 1952 and settled at Willenhall. 

He knew the joys of spiritual revival and was used of God to bring many souls into the Kingdom. He excelled as a preacher, administrator and as a true pastor. He was always courteous and kindly, yet he was nevertheless fearless in support of the principles of Church Government and Connexional Polity. In his retirement he continued to take a deep interest in circuit life, always eager to help his fellow ministers. 

He died on 20 January 1963, at the age of eighty-two and in the fourty-fifth year of his ministry.


Ernest was born on 11 October 1880 at Macclesfield, Cheshire, to parents John, a stationary engine driver (1901) and Jane Naylor.

Before entering the ministry Ernest was a joiner (1901).

He married Mary Jane Watts (1894-1976) in the spring of 1920 in the Bridgend Registration District, Glamorgan. Birth Records identify two children.

  • Cecil Charles (b abt1922) – insurance officer with Prudential (1947)
  • Marion Mary (1923-2011) – married Barry Bailey in 1951

Ernest died on 20 January 1963 at Short Heath, Willenhall, Staffordshire.


  • 1918 S Wales Mission
  • 1920 Cwm
  • 1924 Lydbrook
  • 1927 Birmingham VI
  • 1932 Nantwich & Burland
  • 1935 Rhosymedre &c
  • 1940 Willenhall &c
  • 1949 Tarporley &c
  • 1952 Willenhall (S)


Methodist Minutes 1963/193

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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