Jackson, William (1827-1891)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1876
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1876

Early years

William was born on 30 March 1827 at Ilkley, Yorkshire. When he was young, William had to support his widowed mother and family. The family moved to Bradford in 1841 where he was converted and joined the Primitive Methodists. William was self-educated as a young man.

Ministry

William was called to the ministry in March 1847 by the Bradford circuit to supply for John Davidson, who had gone to Canada.

The writer of his obituary, C Smith, says of him (perhaps unfairly); ‘He became ‘popular’; his services were in constant requisition. We have not a word to say against ministerial fame, nor one in disparagement of Bro. Jackson; but we must put it on record, as our deep conviction, that he laboured for it, sought it, and gloried in it; but as we are not judges of motives we put on him and his ministry the most charitable construction.’

Family

William married Mary (1823-1901) from Flaxton, Yorkshire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Elizabeth (b1853) – a housekeeper in 1891
  • Mary (abt 1856 – 1917)
  • Margaret Annie (1863-1913) – a teacher, later a boarding housekeeper

William died on 2 February 1891.

Circuits

  • 1847 Pickering
  • 1848 York
  • 1849 Leeds
  • 1851 Huddersfield
  • 1853 Silsden
  • 1855 Pontefract
  • 1856 Leeds ll
  • 1858 Pateley Bridge
  • 1861 Bradford
  • 1863 Thirsk
  • 1865 Leeds l
  • 1869 Huddersfield
  • 1872 Luton
  • 1873 Dunstable
  • 1874 Ramsgate
  • 1875 St Albans
  • 1879 Bournemouth
  • 1880 Morley
  • 1883 Keighley ll
  • 1885 Crowle
  • 1886 Leeds lll (S)

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1876 (portrait); 1891/625

PM Minutes 1891/13

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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