Matthews, William Henry (1845-1928)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1929

Early years

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


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