A transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Thomas Morgan is attached. This provides an account of his early life and conversion. It also explains that the Wrockwardine circuit sent William home as they did not think he met the criteria for a PM itinerant. That explains why he was not stationed in 1929.
Morgan comments as follows on William’s preaching.
“As a preacher he knew perhaps little of what is called school eloquence. But he had a heavenly flame, burning continually in his soul, like the fire on the altar. He had on that armour which is not carnal, but mighty through God, to the pulling down of strong holds. He visited from house to house; he travailed in birth, and endured strong conflicts. He wrestled, believed, took hold of Jehovah, and scattered the armies of aliens. He preached the gospel with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven, and laboured with energy divine, for God and sinners to meet in Christ, now, Now, NOW! And did he labour in vain? No! the trumpet in his mouth gave no uncertain sound. And he did not beat the air, for sinners fell before him, sometimes like men slain in battle. And many are the crown of his rejoicing.”
William was born abt1806 at Doglane Farm, nr. Carlton, Staffordshire, to parents Joseph and Ann.
William died on 10 May 1832 at Doglane Farm, nr. Carlton, Staffordshire.
- 1828 Wrockwardinewood
- 1829 not shown
- 1830 Prees
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1833/86
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
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