Matthews, William Henry (1845-1928)
William was born in 1845 at Kenwyn, Cornwall.
William was converted at the age of fourteen. He became a Sunday School teacher and later a local preacher on the St Day Circuit. He began to preach when he was fifteen.
Whilst awaiting a vacancy at the Sunderland Institute, a commission from the Missionary Committee to supply for a sick minister at Plymouth plunged him directly into circuit work.
William’s powerful expository preaching, deeply spiritual, practical, often passionate in its evangelistic appeal, always alight with humour and enriched from a wellspring of personal experiences, was the outstanding feature of his choice and manifold ministry.
William married Jane Mewton (1846-1921) in late 1875 at Kenwyn, Cornwall. Census returns identify five of nine children.
- William Henry Mewton (b1879) – a book agent (1911)
- Frederick John (1880-1881)
- Henry Ward (b1881) – a PM Minister; ceased in 1930
- Maud (b1883)
- Cyril George (1890-1972) – a clerk (1911)
William died on 6 July 1928 at Redruth, Cornwall.
- 1872 Torquay
- 1873 Pembroke Dock
- 1875 Exeter
- 1879 Berkhamstead
- 1880 Dartford
- 1882 Redruth
- 1886 Penzance
- 1889 Bristol I
- 1892 Liverpool III
- 1895 Sowerby Bridge
- 1902 Heckmondwike
- 1906 Pontefract
- 1910 Sowerby Bridge
- 1914 Bradford
- 1918 Bradford (Sup)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908/297; 1929/180
PM Minutes 1929/277
W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers