Overton, William (1867-1947)
William was born in 1867 at Hope in Worthen, Shropshire, to parents James and Mary Ann. James, a lead miner, was a local preacher for over forty years.
The 1881 census shows William working as a lead ore dresser.
William made an early decision for Christ and served as a lay pastor before entering the ministry.
William was ever the evangelist, and his chief aim was to bring others to a knowledge of the saving truth. The pulpit was his throne, and he gloried in the effective presentation of the Gospel. Serving chiefly in towns, he experienced a fruitful ministry. A wise administrator and faithful pastor, he was affectionately referred to as ‘the bishop’. He had a friendly spirit and was loved by young and old alike. His passion was to serve.
William married Louisa Panter (1870-1928) in the spring of 1894 at Worcester.
William died on 3 February 1947 at Luton, Bedfordshire.
- 1890 Brynmawr
- 1895 Southport III
- 1898 Sleaford
- 1900 Leicester II
- 1904 W Bromwich
- 1907 Ashton Under Lyne
- 1911 Stockport II
- 1915 Abertillery
- 1920 Cardiff II
- 1926 Luton II
- 1934 Luton (Sup)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921/190; 1929/369
Methodist Minutes 1947/142
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers