Mason, William Henry (1854-1940)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910
Elizabeth Ann Mason
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1906
Sarah Elizabeth Mason
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

Early years

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

Comments about this page

  • My grandmother’s name, Helen Gerrard Mason, is missing from the list of children. Note the comment added to the entry about William’s wife, Elizabeth Ann Gerrard.

    By Michael Robertson (03/01/2021)

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