Hayton, William (1846-1923)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908

Early years

William was born on 24 December 1846 at Melbourne, Yorkshire to parents William and Sarah. William, senior, was a farmer.

William surrendered himself to the Saviour at the age of sixteen. Soon after his name appeared on the plan as a local preacher.


William served as District Secretary, and Secretary of the orphanage and Publishing Committees. He was also active in the work of the Free Church Councils.

William’s obituary records that preaching claimed his best efforts, for it was his joy to preach the good news to all. He fed his people with bread that cost him much labour.

As a pastor he excelled. His bright, cheerful manner made him welcome in the homes of the people. He had a wonderful memory and was full of sympathy for the weak and the suffering.


William married Jane Linfoot (1846-1881) in the summer of 1876 at Pocklington, Yorkshire. Jane died following complications in childbirth. Census returns identify three children.

  • Sarah Hannah (1877-1946) – married Walter Haith, a schoolmaster
  • George William (1879-1908) – a grocer’s assistant (1901)
  • Edith Mary J (1881-1909)

William married Ann Elizabeth Clack, nee Motley, (1857-1934) in the summer of 1883 at Louth, Lincolnshire. Ann was the widow of Rev Matthew Henry Clack. Census returns identify seven children.

  • John Frederick (1884-1904) – known as Fred
  • Lily (b1886) – a music teacher (1911)
  • Florence (b1887)
  • Herbert (1889-1953) – grocer’s assistant (1911)
  • Albert (1890-1892)
  • Elsie (b1892)
  • Annie (b1895)

William died on 10 April 1923 at Worksop, Nottinghamshire.


  • 1872 Market Rasen
  • 1874 North Cave
  • 1876 Scotter
  • 1878 Brigg
  • 1881 Patrington
  • 1884 Retford
  • 1887 Pocklington
  • 1890 Tetney
  • 1901 Kendal
  • 1906 Worksop
  • 1911 Bury St Edmunds
  • 1914 Worksop (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1883/115 (Jane); 1908/469; 1923/582

PM Minutes 1923/267

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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