Peacefull, William (1810-1877)

Primitive Methodist Magazine
Englesea Brook Museum ENBM 1990.21.31b

William was born on 14 February 1810 at Wrockwardine to parents John and Elizabeth.


Petty records parts of William’s journal for the time he was conducting missionary activities out of the Shefford circuit.

Sunday, 16 August 1835 – preached at Shrivenham at nine in the morning, at Bourton at half-past ten, at Bishopstone at five in the afternoon, and afterwards spoke at a missionary meeting. He also walked thirteen miles and prayed with eight families.

Next Sunday – preached three times and led a lovefeast.

Sunday 30 August – walked tweleve miles and preached four times in the open air, at Westcott, Farnham, Kingstone, Lisle and Sparsholt. It was quite dark after finishing his last sermon, yet he held a prayer meeting afterwards.

On 16 May 1837, William was preaching at Brill. He was annoyed by some persons who offered him beer to drink and shouted in his ears during the service. While engaged in the final prayer, they poured two buckets of water upon him. The following week, at Chilton, some persecutors threw rotten eggs at him. Despite persecutions the work prospered. In July 1838, at Morton, near Thame, a powerful camp meeting was held.


William married Mary Morral (b abt1808) in on 5 November 1838 at Wrockwardine Wood, Shropshire. Census returns identify four children.

  • William Valentine (1840-1896) – a school assistant and later a merchants clerk
  • Mary Elizabeth (1842-1914) – married Isaac Dorricott, a PM Minister.
  • Josiah (b1844)
  • Jemima (1846-1917)

William died on 27 February 1877 at Wolverhampton.


  • 1834 Shefford
  • 1837 Wallingford
  • 1838 Moreton
  • 1840 Aylsham
  • 1842 Swaffham
  • 1845 Peterborough
  • 1847 Bury St Edmunds
  • 1849 Briston
  • 1851 N Walsham
  • 1853 Docking
  • 1855 Swaffham
  • 1859 Hadnall
  • 1861 Coventry
  • 1864 Market Drayton
  • 1865 Market Drayton (S)
  • 1870 Bilston


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1878/626

PM Minutes 1877/13

J Petty, The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, 324f

Isaac Dorricott, Memorials of an Earnest Life, Or, Records of the Rev. William Peacefull, Primitive Methodist Minister, 1878

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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