William was baptised on 7 September 1834 at Wrenbury, Cheshire. His parents were John, a cabinet maker, and Betsey, who were living at Wrenbury Heath.
At the time of the 1851 Census William was an apprentice, possibly to his father. Although he does not appear to have been stationed before 1862, he is recorded in the 1861 Census as a Primitive Methodist minister, lodging in Church Street, Wooler, Northumberland, and the local press report his activities as a Primitive Methodist minister in the Berwick Circuit throughout 1861.
After leaving the PM ministry William, with his family, lived in Stockton-on-Tees where he worked as an insurance agent.
He married Charlotte Wilson (b1841 in Guisborough) in the third quarter of 1866 in the Stockton Registration District. Census returns identify eight children.
- Thomas Wilson (1867-1953) – manager of retail chemist (1911
- Jane Annie (1869-1900) – married William Albert G Balcombe, a banker’s accountant and travelling draper (1901), in 1898
- Lily (1872-1919) – married Erle John Lee, a clothier’s shop assistant (1911), in 1893
- Arthur Vernon (baptised 10 September 1873 Cleveland [Wesleyan Methodist] Chapel, Thornaby); died 23 December 1900; an apprentice plumber (1891)
- William Goffin (abt1876-1961) – a commercial traveller – drapery (1901)
- Edith May (b1877) – married John Marshall Parker, a farmer (1911), in 1909
- Minnie May (1880-1895)
- Walter Edward (1883-1928) – a clothing manager (1911)
At the time of the 1911 Census, William and his wife were living with their daughter Lily and her family in Southport. William died in the last quarter of 1914 in the Doncaster Registration District. No probate is recorded, which would have provided more precise details.
- 1862 Berwick
- 1863 Carlisle
- 1865 Whitehaven
- 1866 Shotley Bridge
- 1867 disappears
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
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