A transcription of the obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by James Dawson is attached. he writes as follows.
“He was a devout Christian. Having travelled with him in three stations during his brief career, we had ample opportunities of knowing his manner of life. Reading the Scriptures for devotional purposes, closely examining his heart and life, and private prayer, all were exercises in which he took great delight. His custom was to spend, in addition to other stated times, one hour each day continuously in private prayer. To this heavenly exercise we attribute much of the influence and success that attended his life and labours.
In his public ministry he was very successful. In each of the stations in which he travelled many souls, through his labours, were turned to God. He had no rest to his soul unless the work of God was prospering, and sinners were being saved. He travailed in birth for souls. The zeal of the Lord’s house ate him up. And God graciously granted him what he so ardently desired, and so earnestly laboured to accomplish.”
William was born on 6 August 1833 at South Cave, Yorkshire, to parents Frederick, a blacksmith (1861), and Jane. He was baptised on 1 September 1833 at South Cave.
William was a labourer before entering the ministry (1861).
He married Mary Ann Proud (1828-1895) in the spring of 1860 in the Louth Registration District, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify one child.
- William Proud (1863-1949) – a school teacher (1891)
William died on 15 June 1864 at Pocklington, Yorkshire.
- 1856 Swinefleet
- 1857 Louth
- 1859 Retford
- 1860 Winterton
- 1862 Pocklington
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1864/611
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers