Paulson, William Hodson (1877-1935)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

WILLIAM H. PAULSON: born at Edwinstowe in 1877, where his parents were devoted members of the village cause. When quite a youth he began to preach, and entered the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1902.

Natural qualities and other gifts and graces made him an ideal minister, and his circuits prospered under his charge. He was kindly, generous, sympathetic, and had a sense of humour. Cheerfulness radiated from him at all times. In the pulpit he was a personality and a force, and his bright, homely, practical discourses were greatly appreciated; whilst his sincerity and evangelistic fervour produced lasting fruits in many lives. He was a special favourite with the young, for he himself remained young, buoyant, and hopeful. He was a wise administrator, a diligent pastor, a loyal friend. He faced difficulty with courage. He delighted in social intercourse, and manifested the Christian spirit of helpfulness in all his relations. His memory will be cherished by many people throughout our Church. 

He passed away suddenly on May 10, 1935, in the fifty-eighth year of his age and the thirty-third of his ministry.


William was born in 1877 at Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire, to parents Charles Paulson, a wheelwright, and Ann Hodson Kitchen.

The 1891 census return records William as an apprentice wheelwright.

He married Mabel Bessie Reed (1885-1961) in the spring of 1907 in the Paddington Registration District, London.  Census returns identify three children.

  • Winston Ernest (1907-1979) – a PM minister      
  • Eric Hodson (1908-2001)  – a works chemist (1939)             
  • Daphne May (1910-1980)  – married Douglas Wilfred Hodgkinson in 1940                 

William died on 10 May 1935 at Hucknall, Nottinghamshire.


  • 1902 Hove
  • 1903 Belvedere
  • 1905 Sheerness
  • 1908 Epworth
  • 1910 Manchester I
  • 1916 Haslingden
  • 1920 Lancaster
  • 1924 Ramsor
  • 1927 Nottingham V
  • 1933 Hucknall


Methodist Minutes 1935/213

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Comments about this page

  • Dear Sir/Madam.

    My name is Brian Wilfrid Hodgkinson and I am the son of Daphne May Hodgkinson (nee Paulson) and Douglas Wilfrid (not Wilfred) Hodgkinson (married in Hucknall, Notts 7/12/1941, not 1940).

    William Hodson Paulson and his wife Mabel, my maternal grandmother whom I knew, had a fouth child Bessie Agnes Paulson. She was born 7/12/1919 and died in Miami, Florida 11/7/2018. She married 18/5/1944 in Accra, then the Gold Coast, now Ghana, William Deroche Wersen, an American Air Force officer. They were later divorced.

    Hope this is some help in your research.

    By Dr B. W Hodgkinson (25/06/2021)

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