White, William James (1845-1870)


A transcription of the obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Robert Harrison is attached. he writes as follows.

‘Suffer me one word more, to say that Mr. White was a good minister of Jesus Christ, a genial friend, and a diligent student. Of him the Rev. R. Parks says, “I valued him greatly as a colleague. He was mature beyond his years; a devout Christian, and an able minister of the New Testament.” Our esteemed friend, the Rev. J.A. Bastow, testifies that “He was a young man of superior excellence. His mind was richly furnished with the knowledge of holy things. He lived for his holy work and he did it well. His Master saw, approved, and called him home.” ‘


William was born on 14 August 1845 at Cockermouth, Cumberland, to parents John White, a stone mason (1851), and Jane Sharp.

Before entering the ministry William worked as an engineering millwright (1861).

William died on 26 January 1870 in the Oakham Registration District, Rutland.


  • Elmfield
  • 1867 Wirksworth
  • 1869 Melton Mowbray


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1871/173

PM Minutes 1870/12

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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