William was born on 18 March 1886 at Appleby, Westmorland, to parents Benson, a railway signalman (1901), and Ann. He was baptised on 29 March 1886 at Brough, Westmorland.
The 1901 census return records William as a cowman. In 1911 he is described as a Primitive Methodist Student.
William emigrated to USA in 1913. Census returns identify the following occupations.
- 1920 dairyman
- 1930 Presbyterian minister
- 1940 insurance agent
He married Mary Jane Donnelly (1887-1975) on 16 February 1915 at Alba, Michigan. Mary was born in Ireland. Census returns identify two children.
- Terence William (b1918) – a transportation clerk (1940)
- Kathleen (b 1923)
William died on 9 January 1975 at Atlanta, Georgia.
- 1912 Leigh
- 1913 Clitheroe
- 1914 ceased
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
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