Mincher, William (1850-1922)
William was born on 1 March 1850 at Wednesbury, Staffordshire to parents Samuel and Ann. Samuel was a forgeman and ironworker, and was a local preacher in the West Bromwich circuit.
William was given a good commercial education, and began to preach in his eighteenth year. Before entering the ministry, William followed his father’s trade.
After spending a year at the Sunderland Institute, William continued his studies when in London by attending the “Preachers College” for four years in succession for classics, philosophy, mathematics, science and relative subjects. He had hoped to take a degree but was prevented in this by the pressure of his circuit duties.
When William was appointed to Camden Town a difficult situation had arisen. 82 of the 195 members had seceded and joined a Congregational Church not far away. For seventeen years William continued his ministry, the crippling debt of £2,900 was paid off, and the manifold Christian agencies established proved his organising ability.
William’s obituary records that as a preacher and platform speaker he occupied a leading position. Possessed off a musical voice, a graceful address, clear vision, rich vocabulary, he gained the attention of his hearers and won disciples for his Master and Lord.
On superannuation, William took charge of Richmond, from which circuit his son-in-law had gone to serve as a Chaplain in the Army, to meet the difficulties arising from war service.
William married Eliza Richards (1854-1926) in the summer of 1876 at West Bromwich, Staffordshire. Census returns identify six of seven children.
- Florence Gertrude (1877-1959) – married Thomas W Walker in 1918
- Percival William (1880-1947) – a banker’s clerk (1911)
- Mabel Madeline (b1883) – a GPO Clerk (1911); married Herbert William Smith, a PM Minister
- Lilian Louise (1884-1972) – married Percy St John Dutton, a draper’s assistant (1901)
- Elsie Eveleen (b1886) – a GPO clerk (1911); married Stephen M Lee in 1914
- Winifred (1888-1970) – a GPO clerk (1911); married Ralph Heywood in late 1915
William died on 25 December 1922 at Hendon, Middlesex.
- 1872 London II
- 1875 London IX
- 1877 London I
- 1881 Peterborough
- 1885 Nottingham IV
- 1890 Leicester II
- 1893 Camden Town
- 1910 Hammersmith
- 1913 Stoke Newington
- 1917 Richmond (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909/255; 1923/583; 1927/441
PM Minutes 1923/275
W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers