A transcription of the obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by William Sanderson is attached. He quotes Joseph Gibson as follows. “Dear Sanderson,— Having heard that you are requested to prepare a memoir of Mr. Lonsdale, I think it my duty to say, that it was my good fortune and great pleasure to travel with him two years in the Driffield Circuit; he was a devout, humble-minded man; a laborious, acceptable, and successful preacher. When we entered the station we found the members in a very agitated and unhappy state; Mr. Lonsdale led the way to much prayer, family visiting, circumspect walking, kindness, and faithfulness. I well remember his saying to us on one occasion, ‘Now, my lads, we are one hundred members below last March, and except we pray much, visit much, and in every sermon aim at saving souls, we shall be down at the district meeting.’ We united in effort, the work broke out, and scores were saved; so we were able to report an increase. He was an efficient family visitor; his words were few but appropriate; his prayers were brief, simple, pointed, and often powerful. He was mighty in the prayer meetings ; and for sweet singing and powerful praying few could surpass him. He once said to me, ‘I have never been able to raise a circuit without paying special attention to Sunday night prayer meetings.’ On the whole he was a superior man. “
William was born on 10 May 1807 at Westgate, Co. Durham, to parents John and Susanna. He was baptised on 23 May 1807 at Stanhope, Co. Durham
He married Elizabeth Batey (abt1813-1841) on 20 June 1837 at Nenthead, Alston, Cumberland. Census returns identify two children.
- Harrison (1839-1860)
- William (1840-1915) – an apprentice cabinet maker (1861)
He married Ann Longmires, nee Tinsley (1809-1893) on 15 August 1844 at Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Ann had previously been a travelling preacher. Census returns identify two children.
- Walton (1847-1894) – a draper’s assistant (1891)
- Elizabeth (1848-1875) – married Edwin Fidell, a timber merchant (1871), in 1868
William died on 19 May 1863 at Kirton in Lindsey, Lincolnshire.
Ann married William Harland, a PM minister, in early 1867 at Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.
- 1833 Hull
- 1837 Scotter
- 1839 Hull
- 1840 Bradford
- 1842 Whitby
- 1843 Scotter
- 1845 Gainsborough
- 1846 Doncaster
- 1847 Swinefleet
- 1849 Grimsby
- 1851 Pocklington
- 1853 Driffield
- 1855 Brigg
- 1857 Gainsborough
- 1859 Hornsea
- 1861 Swinefleet
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1863/577
PM Minutes 1863/8
H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1, p402; p427
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers