William was born on 9 April 1845 at Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, to parents John, a cotton yarn dresser (1851), and Mary.
Before entering the ministry, William worked as a cotton powerloom operator (1861).
He married Lucy Pearson (1839-1923) in the summer of 1871 at Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire. Census returns identify one child.
- Sarah Elizabeth (1872-1945) – married Frederic W Gottshalk, a telegraph operator (1900), in 1892; a chiropodist (1920)
William died on 18 June 1903 at New York, USA
- 1867 Witney
- 1869 Chipping Norton
- 1870 Ripon
- 1871 Huddersfield
- 1872 Burnley
- 1874 York
- 1875 Pontefract
- 1877 Castleford
- 1878 Leeds I
- 1880 Brighton
- 1881 Birmingham II
- 1883 Folkstone
- 1884 disappears
- 1885 emigrated to USA and became a pastor in the Reformed Church
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers