Hammond, William (1822-1887)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1875

Early years

William was born on 31 December 1822 at Framlingham, Suffolk. His parents were members of the established church and William was brought up attending church.

Primitive Methodist missionaries arrived in Framlingham in 1840 and it was through them that William found the peace he had long desired. William joined the PM society in October 1840 and within three months was on the plan. Persecution arose, but he held his way. William was planned nearly every Sunday and often had to walk up to 30 miles to take his appointments.

In 1845, William was called to ministry. His business prospects were bright and it took three calls before he accepted.


His obituary records that preaching was his great joy. The atonement of Christ was the prominent subject of his preaching, but he was especially happy in describing ‘the saints everlasting rest’ and in comforting the suffering and sorrowing children of God.


William married Martha Fayers (1821-1874) in the spring of 1850 at Ipswich, Suffolk. Census returns identify three children.

  • Alfred Elmer (1851-1933) – a journalist
  • William Arthur (1853-1931) – a PM Minister (President in 1918)
  • Albert Edward (1863-1934) – a grocer

William married Amelia Thompson (1824-1900) in the summer of 1876 at Ipswich, Suffolk.

William died on 29 July 1887 at Beccles, Suffolk.


  • 1846 Aylsham
  • 1847 Norwich
  • 1849 N Walsham
  • 1851 Upwell
  • 1853 Wisbech
  • 1855 Ipswich
  • 1857 Stowmarket
  • 1859 Brandon
  • 1860 Downham
  • 1862 Fakenham
  • 1865 Colchester
  • 1868 St Ives, Hunts
  • 1869 Ipswich
  • 1872 Stowmarket
  • 1876 Wangford
  • 1879 Briston
  • 1880 Wangford (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1875 (portrait); 1875/754 (Martha); 1888/627

PM Minutes 1888/11

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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