Norris, Frederick William (1867-1916)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916


A transcription of the obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Joseph Pearce is attached. Pearce writes: “ Highly-strung, sensitive to an unusual degree, built on frail lines, a sufferer from more than one bad breakdown, and with domestic troubles galore, we simply marvel at his achievements. “The utmost for the Highest” might have been his motto as well as that of G.F. Watts, who was one of his favourites. His life in its every aspect certainly illustrated it. Up to date was he in his reading, his preaching—loyal ever to the evangel—had the modern accent and touch, he was anointed with fresh oil, administrative and pastoral work commanded his fullest powers—with all his heart he wrought for God.”


Frederick was born on 28 January 1867 at Scruton, Yorkshire, to parents David, a gardener (1871), and Ellen.

He married Serena (Rennie) North (1857-1907) in the spring of 1887 in the Watford Registration District, Hertfordshire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Winifred Renie (1893-1982) – married Thomas Blount, a mineral water salesman (1939), in 1920          
  • Frederick William (b abt1895) – an engineer’s clerk (1911)  
  • Sydney (b1902)                       

He married Kate Mason (1870-1963) in the spring of 1909 at Tipton, Staffordshire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Mary Ellen (1910-2018) – a book-keeper and shorthand typist (1939); married Francis H Gorman  in 1960        

Frederick died on 5 August 1916 at Sunderland, Co. Durham.


  • 1891 Stratford
  • 1893 Ludlow
  • 1894 Motcombe
  • 1895 Dudley
  • 1898 Hove
  • 1901 Reading
  • 1905 Upton park
  • 1908 Oldbury
  • 1910 Leeds II
  • 1915 Sunderland


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917/586

PM Minutes 1917/258

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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