Reed, William (b abt1850)

Report in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 1890

The Rev. W. Reed, of Buriton Station, has resigned his position as a minister amongst us. We understand he purposes to work as an unsectarian evangelist. Well, if he desires a wider sphere of labour than our Connexional requirements allow him, he is right to go to it if the Lord opens his way. All we can hope is that he may not have made a mistake, and all we desire is that he may have success in saving men. While some go from us, others, it seems, wish to come to us, and the General Committee have had an application from a minister of the Baptist community to join our ranks. Nothing has been decided, so we learn, respecting this application, but we gather there is a disposition to commend it to the favourable consideration of Conference, by which court the final decision will have to be given.


William was born abt1850 at Cassop, nr. Sunderland, Co. Durham, to parents William, a farmer (1851) and Jane. His older brother, John, was also a PM minister.

Before entering the ministry William was working on a farm (1871). Based on the birth places of his children and location of his wife in census returns, William continued to travel as a minister of the gospel in Belfast, Newcastle upon Tyne and Tynemouth after leaving the PM ministry. I have not been able to identify which denomination he joined.

He married Elizabeth Faith Wood (1850-1917) in the summer of 1877 in the St Saviour Southwark Registration District, London. Census returns identify six children.

  • Annie Rosetta (b1878) – married Edwin Steward Robinson, an insurance manager (1911), circa 1898             
  • William John (b abt1881) – a commercial traveller, cordage (1911)                      
  • Albert Edward (1882-1969) – clerk (1901); an accountant in Canada (1914)                        
  • Ernest Bramwell (1884-1973) – photo black artist apprentice (1901); a fine etcher (1911); emigrated to Canada         
  • Samuel (1887-1916)  – a rancher in Canada (1915); died in WW1                           
  • Percival Stephen (1894-1986) – apprentice engineer pumps for battleship (1911)                           

I have not been able to identify William’s death record in online records.


  • 1873 Berkhamstead
  • 1874 Chichester
  • 1877 Exeter
  • 1880 Richmond, Yorks
  • 1882 Aldershot
  • 1883 Guildford
  • 1885 Penrith
  • 1887 Buriton
  • 1891 disappears


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1890/700

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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  • Cassop is quite a long way from Sunderland. It lies about 5 miles Southeast of Durham City near Shadforth

    By Richard Jennings (14/11/2020)

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