Sutton, William (1865-1934)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920

Early years

William was born on 13 August 1865 at Benwick, Cambridgeshire, to parents John and Mary Ann. John worked as an agricultural labourer before moving to Middlesbrough where he worked in a chemical plant.

When William was in his teens, the family moved to Middlesbrough and became associated with the Gilkes Street Church. William passed through the Sunday school and was received into membership of the Church, aged eighteen, by Rev H B Kendall.

Untiring activity and aptitude for mission work and preaching soon marked William out for fuller service. He went to Spenymoor as a hired local preacher. Whilst at Spenymoor, William passed the candidates’ examination, being placed on the reserve list. A years waiting was spent as hired local preacher on the Lowick circuit.


William served his district as Sunday School Secretary and Orphanage Secretary.

His obituary records that although deprived of a college training, his studious habits and love of reading enabled him to keep abreast of modern thought. A breakdown of health compelled him to retire in 1929, but he recovered and continued preaching.

He was a good circuit minister, a wise administrator, a faithful pastor. His preaching was evangelical and expository. His was a gracious personality, kindly, tender and sympathetic.


William married Alice Clark (1871-1951) in the summer of 1894 at Newmarket. Census returns identify they had one child who died in infancy.

William died on 1 June 1934 at Kempston, Bedfordshire.


  • 1890 Whickhambrook
  • 1892 Saffron Walden
  • 1894 Haverhill
  • 1895 Brough
  • 1898 Glasgow II
  • 1903 Haverhill
  • 1906 Kendal
  • 1909 Willington
  • 1914 Preston
  • 1917 Forest Gate
  • 1921 Leighton Buzzard
  • 1924 Bedford
  • 1929 Bedford (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920/116

Methodist Minutes 1934/221

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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