Kershaw, William Henry (1845-1903)

Family

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

Circuits

  • 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

References

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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