Mainprize, William (1856-1933)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913

Early years

William was born in 1856 at Carnaby, nr Bridlington, Yorkshire to parents John and Jane. John was a shoemaker.

William joined the PM Church as a youth and became a worker in Jubilee Sunday School, Scarborough. At eighteen he became a local preacher and the following year a hired local preacher.


William served as District, Centenary and Orphanage Secretary. He was twice assistant secretary of Conference before becoming Secretary to the 1915 Conference at Reading. He was a delegate to the Ecumenical Conference at Toronto in 1911.

His obituary records that William was courteous and competent, the friend and adviser of every person and cause in need. He delighted in doing good by stealth. His genial disposition, his unfailing tact when dealing with difficult decisions, and his balanced judgement were qualities appreciated by those among whom he laboured.


William married Rebecca Osborne (1855-1940) in the summer of 1881 at Hull, Yorkshire.

William died on 5 June 1933 at Otley, Yorkshire.


  • Sunderland
  • 1878 Tadcaster
  • 1879 Tetney
  • 1881 Alford
  • 1883 Grimsby II
  • 1886 Scotter
  • 1890 Heckmondwike
  • 1894 Clayton West
  • 1898 Bradford V
  • 1901 Tetney
  • 1905 Winterton
  • 1910 Scotter
  • 1914 Louth
  • 1919 Otley (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/758

Methodist Minutes 1933/261

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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