William was born abt1814 at Halse, Somerset, to parents Faithfull and Grace. He was baptised on 17 July 1814 at Halse. His older brother, James, was also a PM minister.
Petty records that William opened a mission at Ramsey, Huntingdonshire, from the Wisbech circuit in 1844.
After leaving the ministry William was a farmer of 40 acres (1861). The family emigrated to New Zealand before 1868 where William farmed at Christchurch. His death record describes him as Rev. William Pole.
He married Eliza Potts (1822-1899) in late 1840 at Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire. Census returns and birth records identify eleven children.
- Richard Potts (1843-1913) – a farmer (1900)
- James Potts (abt1845-1920) – a farmer (1896)
- Luke Potts (1846-1852)
- Sarah Potts (1847-1857)
- Grace Potts (1850-1926) – married Thomas Clarkson in 1868
- Luke Faithful Potts (1854-1854)
- Luke Potts (1855-1857)
- Sarah Ann (1857-1931) – married Samuel Dennis, a farmer, in 1877
- Charlotte Potts (1859-1860)
- Thomas Luke Potts (1860-1932) – emigrated to New Zealand; a schoolmaster (1900 & 1919)
- Charlotte Potts (1863-1863)
William died on 26 November 1879 at Canterbury, New Zealand.
- 1836 Hounslow
- 1837 Wisbech
- 1838 Lynn
- 1839 Peterborough
- 1840 disappears
- 1845 Wisbech
- 1846 Buckden
- 1850 Baldock
- 1852 left the Connexion over doctrine
J Petty, The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, p435
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers
Note: Leary list a W Pole and William Pole. I suspect that they are the same person and have put them together on this page.