Tristram, William John (1869-1941)
William was born on 6 January 1869 at Sandbach, Cheshire, to parents John and Mary Ann. John was a PM Minister. Grandfather James was seventy years a local preacher and became a deed poll member of Conference.
William was converted at Whitchurch on 5 March 1880. William underwent some preparation for the ministry in the Stafford circuit before entering college.
His ministry was characterised by vigorous and enthusiastic evangelism. He was wise in the winning of souls. His winsomeness exerted great influence upon boys and girls, and his approach to young people was outstanding. As a pastor, William was assiduous to the point of utmost sacrifice.
William married Elizabeth Critchlow (1867-1945) in the summer of 1895 at Oldham, Lancashire. Census returns identify five children.
- William John (1896-1992) – a chemist (1941)
- James Henry Bertram (1898-1917) – killed in action in WW1
- Florence Elizabeth (1899-1967) – married Norris Vyvyan in 1925
- Hugh Clifford (1901-1988) – a chemist (1941)
- Margaret Julia (1903-2003) – married Fred Lord in 1931
William died on 14 November 1941 at Salford Royal Hospital, Lancashire.
- 1891 Oldham II
- 1895 Bloxwich
- 1898 Leominster
- 1899 Bury I
- 1902 Bacup
- 1907 Scarborough II
- 1910 Leeds VII
- 1914 Otley
- 1918 Liverpool III
- 1921 Oldham IV
- 1925 Ramsey
- 1928 Hindley
- 1931 Manchester V
- 1935 Bacup
- 1939 Stretford (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921/264
Methodist Minutes 1942/141
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers