Mason, William Henry (1854-1940)
William was born in 1854 at Dudley, Staffordshire to parents Edmund and Sarah Ann. Edmund was a boiler maker.
William was converted in his early teen and served as a Sunday School teacher and then a local preacher before entering the ministry. William worked in the steel works as a youth.
His obituary records that William loved to preach, and was ever willing to help, but his greatest strength and fruitfulness was in his pastoral work. He was a constant and systematic visitor, and in time of sorrow and bereavement his ministry was effective and precious.
William married Elizabeth Ann Gerrard (1861-1905) on 8 October 1880 at Swinton, Lancashire. Census returns identify five children.
- Ethel Mary (1882-1891)
- Arnold Henry (1885-1963) – an artist
- Bernard Lee (1890-1940) – a bank manager (1940)
- Constance Augusta (b1891)
- Mabel Lee (1895-1974) – married Henry G Stuart
William married Sarah Elizabeth Randles (1867-1941) in early 1907 at Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire.
William died on 31 May 1940 at Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire.
- 1875 Manchester I
- 1876 Manchester III
- 1878 Oldham I
- 1882 Birkenhead
- 1886 Bradwell
- 1890 Heywood
- 1892 Ramsor
- 1897 Barnsley II
- 1900 Bollington
- 1903 Oswestry
- 1906 Whitchurch
- 1909 Ludlow
- 1911 Welshpool
- 1914 Bradwell
- 1918 Market Drayton
- 1922 Newcastle under Lyme (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1906/324 (Elizabeth Ann); 1910/464
PM Minutes 1940/182
W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers