Welford, Alexander Wade (1857-1950)
Alexander was born in 1857 at Barnard Castle to parents George and Mary Ann. George was a tailor.
Alexander was baptised on 23 January 1865 at Barnard Castle. He was converted in a class meeting under the leadership of Rev John Gill. He at once became a Sunday School teacher and was soon placed in charge of the senior Bible class.
Alexander served as Secretary of District, Temperance, Sunday school and Building Committees. He also served on the Probationer’s Examining Committee and Candidates’ Examining Committee.
His obituary records that as a circuit administrator, he faced difficulties with wisdom and courage. A man of wide human interests, he held very strong convictions concerning many of the public questions of his day. Fearless when those convictions demanded public utterance, he was ever courteous to those who would oppose.
In retirement Alexander became a member of Poole Borough Council and rendered valuable service on the Education Committee.
Alexander married Eliza Jane (known as Lily) Adamson (1872-1957) in early 1895 at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Census returns identify four of five children.
- Alexander John Francis (1896-1977) – a schoolmaster (1957)
- Peter George (b1897)
- William Ewart (1901-1904)
- Clifford Gordon (1906-1983)
Alexander died on 2 February 1950 at Poole, Dorset.
- 1884 Ludlow
- 1886 Hungerford
- 1888 Chinnor
- 1889 Torquay
- 1890 Abergavenny
- 1893 Yarmouth
- 1896 Chelmsford
- 1898 Poole
- 1902 Spalding & c
- 1903 Newport & Co
- 1906 Colne
- 1908 Motcombe
- 1910 Poole
- 1914 Frome
- 1915 Blandford
- 1921 Portland
- 1925 Poole (Sup)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917/264
Methodist Minutes 1950/140
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers