William was born in late 1873 at Torquay, Devon, to parents Henry Shapcott, an ironmonger (1881), and Mary Emma Cobley.
Census returns identify the following occupations for William.
- 1891 shop assistant
- 1901 clergyman (Church of England)
- 1911 clerk in holy orders – assistant chaplain at H.M. Prison Dartmoor
He married Elizabeth Ann McDougall (1873-1954) in the spring of 1907 at Brampton, Cumberland.
William died on 8 January 1939 at Hendon, Middlesex.
- 1896 Brampton
- 1898 disappears
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers