William was born in 1837 at Lane Ends, nr Keighley, Yorkshire. The 1851 census shows William working as a worsted spinner, living with his grand-parents, Joseph and Elizabeth.
William attended a Wesleyan lovefeast with his grandmother when a child which stuck in his memory. William committed himself to Christ in January 1855. He worked as a local preacher for two years before becoming an itinerant minister.
William’s 1889 biography records that William developed a knowledge of Hebrew and Greek.
His obituary records that William was a cheerful, breezy and optimistic man. He had the art of making many friends and few foes.
William married Ann Russell (1819-1903) on 3 July 1863 at Cranbrook, Kent.
William married Susanna Harriet Ling (1848-1938) on 23 May 1904 at Great Yarmouth.
William died on 30 September 1905 at Colchester, Essex.
- 1859 Chelmsford
- 1860 Hammersmith
- 1861 Croydon
- 1862 Sheerness
- 1867 Baldock
- 1867 Ely
- 1869 Yarmouth
- 1872 Thetford
- 1873 Briston
- 1876 Swaffham
- 1879 Downham
- 1881 Stowmarket
- 1883 Ipswich
- 1884 Rockland
- 1888 Wymondham
- 1891 Martham
- 1894 Harwick
- 1895 Colchester
- 1900 Colchester (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1889/513; 1904/657 (Ann); 1907/71
PM Minutes 1906/18
W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers