Holliday, William (1795-1863)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1859
Copy provided by Steven Carter

Early Years

William was born on 20 November 1795 at Wombwell, Yorkshire. He was baptised on 25 December 1795 at Darfield, Yorkshire. His father was Edward Holliday. At the age of fourteen William was apprenticed to Mr Hick of Fulford to become a joiner and machinist.

In 1817, whilst living in Nottingham, the singing of the Primitive Methodists in an old mill drew him in and led to his conversion. He was a local preacher for six or seven years before becoming an itinerant minister.


William and his wife were both are listed on the PM Preachers Plan of the Home Branch of the Hull Circuit 1827 (April-July) under the Stations of the Preachers as serving in Barnard Castle. They settled in Hull in 1828 and became class leaders and local preachers. His obituary records the wide range of church office that William heldĀ in the local church, and at district and connexional levels.

William was made a Deed Poll member of conference.


William married Jane Ayre (d1838) on 22 February 1817 at Fulford. Jane was a travelling preacher before the first stations of preachers were issued. Census records identify one son.

  • John (b abt1826)

William married Mrs Hannah Ransom (1794-1864) in 1845 in Hull, Yorkshire.

He died on 13 July 1863 at Hull, Yorkshire.


  • 1827 Hull
  • 1828 ceased


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1859/385; 1864/40

Primitive Methodist Women

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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