Vaughan, William (1868-1932)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

WiLLIAM VAUGHAN: born at Banks, Southport, December 20, 1868. He worthily upheld the traditions of the sturdy Methodist stock from which he sprang. Converted as a boy of twelve, he served for a short period as a Salvation Army officer, but soon returned to his own people. 

He entered Hartley College in 1891 as one of the first batch of students under Dr. A.S. Peake, to whom he frequently acknowledged his great indebtedness. His ministry began at Wakefield in 1893, and after thirty-four years of faithful service he became a Supernumerary in 1927, continuing to preach with freshness and force in Church Stretton and adjoining circuits, till his death on December 24, 1932.


William was born on 20 December 1868 at Banks, Lancashire, to parents William Vaughan, a joiner & builder (1881) and Margaret Ball.

He married Serena Carlotta Firth (1872-1954)  in the summer of 1897 at Wakefield, Yorkshire. Census returns identify one of two children.

  • Marjorie Kathleen (1898-1976) – a high school history teacher (1939)        

William died on 24 December 1932 at Shrewsbury, Shropshire..


  • Hartley
  • 1893 Wakefield
  • 1894 Andover
  • 1896 Penzance
  • 1897 Lowestoft
  • 1899 Dover & Deal
  • 1901 Port Talbot
  • 1905 Newark
  • 1906 Leamington
  • 1912 Chesterfield
  • 1915 Rugby
  • 1921 Barnsley II
  • 1924 Church Stretton
  • 1927 Church Stretton (S)


Methodist Minutes 1933/248

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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