Knowles, William



The Primitive Methodist Magazine published an extract of William’s Journal of 1828 when he was appointed to Liverpool Circuit. A transcript is attached.

William one of four missionaries sent from UK to America in 1829. The Magazine of 1830 published two short letters and report of a chapel opening in New York. A transcription is attached.

Two further reports of his American Mission were published in the 1832 Magazine. Transcriptions are attached. They describe activities in the vicinity of Cincinnati.


I have not been able to identify William in online records. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

From his journal extracts, he married, and his wife was also an active and effective preacher. They had at least on child.


  • 1824 Blackburn
  • 1825 Isle of Man
  • 1827 New Mills
  • 1828 Liverpool
  • 1829 Tunstall
  • to America 19 June 1829
  • 1830 New York
  • 1831 Cincinnati


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1829/52; 1830/235; 1832/91; 1832/135

J Petty, The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, p308

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1, p436

B A Barber, A Methodist Pageant, 1932, p167

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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