Moore, William (1866-1944)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1922
Annie Elizabeth Cowan
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1902
Catherine Nicholson
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1922

Early years

William was born on 22 October 1866 at Cowden, Yorkshire, to parents Richard and Annie. His grandfather was one of William Clowes’ first converts at Hull. Richard, a farmer, was a local preacher for fifty years. One of William’s brothers, Charles, was a PM Minister, and the other three were local preachers.

William gave his heart to God when thirteen years of age, and straightway consecrated himself to Christian work and self-improvement. At the age of eighteen, William was put on the plan of the Hull III circuit and in due course was recommended for ministry. The 1891 census identifies William as a hired local preacher at Hornsea, Yorkshire.


In the pulpit, William was a man with convictions, the courage of which he never failed to express. His sermons were suggestive, evangelical and practical, revealing ‘up-to-date’ reading and thinking, and bearing the mark of modernity in their expression.

William served as Building Committee Secretary in the Hull District.

As a man of affairs on the War Tribunal in the Withernsea area, he exercised a much appreciated influence.

His obituary records that William was a most friendly man, who exercised a wholesome influence wherever he went, and was always loyal to those Christian principles which he preached.


William married Annie Elizabeth Cowan (1869-1900) in the summer of 1896 at Ulverston, Lancashire.

William married Margaret Fisher (1871-1912) in late 1901 at Wigan, Lancashire. Census returns identify one of two children.

  • William Henry (b1908)

William married Catherine Nicholson of Liverpool III circuit in the spring of 1916.

William died on 27 December 1944 at Filey, Yorkshire.


  • 1892 Millom
  • 1895 Frodsham
  • 1898 Liverpool
  • 1900 Hindley
  • 1904 Buckley
  • 1909 Chester
  • 1913 Withernsea
  • 1919 Filey
  • 1929 Filey (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1902/312 (Annie); 1922/411

Methodist Minutes 1945/127

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers



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