William Loveday Spooner
William was born in 1849 at Lyng, Norfolk to parents Jabez Spooner and Mary Loveday. His father was a local preacher and became a Deed Poll member of Conference. His brother Jesse was also a PM Minister.
William started to preach in his teens in the East Dereham Circuit.
The Article in the 1930 Primitive Methodist magazine, entitled ‘What I Remember’ provides a detailed summary of William’s early ministry.
Before staring at the Sunderland Institute, William spent a few months in Bristol to supply for Rev. Joseph Best.
During the third year of William’s stay at Pontypool there was a big coal strike, which upset the circuit from end to end. Many families moved away and numbers declined. A loss of seventy had to be reported.
Bricks and mortar, business details and committees were not exactly to his mind, though William was attentive and methodical in business affairs, but his great joy was to declare the truth as it is in Jesus. William was essentially a student and a preacher.
William married Betsy Barker (1851-1948) on 7 January 1876 in London. Census returns identify one of three children.
- Daisy Lilian (1879-1959) – married William James Hemp, a PM Minister
William died on 15 March 1931 at North Walsham, Norfolk.
- 1871 Pontypool
- 1874 Hereford
- 1875 Radstock
- 1877 Redruth
- 1879 Eastville
- 1880 Bristol III
- 1882 Hull II
- 1885 York I
- 1888 Grantham
- 1891 Woodley
- 1894 Ipswich
- 1896 Yarmouth
- 1901 Goole
- 1904 Acle
- 1907 Briston
- 1909 Glossop
- 1912 Newport, Mon
- 1914 Bexhill
- 1916 Wymondham (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1894/230 (Mary, mother); 1908/507; 1930/609; 1931/31
PM Minutes 1931/316
W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers