Whitby, William (1835-1890)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1882
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1882

Early years

William was born on 6 March 1835 at Manningtree, Essex to parents Samuel and Clara. Samuel was a coal dealer.

Prior to joining the ministry, William worked in a lawyers office.

Ministry

William’s obituary records that his circuit work was always a pleasure to him and his religion was deep-rooted in his nature.

In his short stay in the Bradford & Halifax district, William was made chairman of the District Meeting and Secretary of the Missionary Committee.

He was a very faithful and often eloquent preacher, his earnestness and devoutness always winning attention. To him the smallest service was important, and he always treated it as such.

His great aim was to give his family a good education – seeing that there were 15 of them this was no light task. (Note: census returns only identify 13 of the children.)

Family

William married Carline Mary Barrett (1840-1926) in the spring of 1858 in London. Census returns identify 13 children.

  • William Samuel (1859-1930) – salesman
  • Stafford Beaston (1860-1928) – a hosiery manufacturer (1911)
  • Carline Charlotte (1862-1944) – married Wiliam James Scott, a commercial traveller
  • Spencer James (b1864) – a printer
  • Ada Annie (1866-1912) – married henry Thomas Addinall, a tailor
  • Ebenezer (1867-1892) – a stationer (1891)
  • Kate Eva (b1868)
  • Florence Hettie (1871-1947) – married John Blackburn Toothill, a works chemist (1891)
  • Emily Gertrude (1872-1939) – married Charles Proudlock Brewster, a driver (1911)
  • Arthur Ernest (1873-1954) – a tailor
  • Harold Ethlebert (1874-1955) – a clerk
  • Maud Mabel (1879-1928) – married James Allen, a machine shop foreman (1911)
  • Walter Herbert (1881-1962) – a clerk (1911)

William died on 26 May 1890 at Douglas, Isle of Man.

Circuits

  • 1854 Pembroke
  • 1856 London ll
  • 1858 Pocklington
  • 1860 Hull l
  • 1862 Hull ll
  • 1865 Grimsby
  • 1866 Scotter
  • 1868 Winterton
  • 1872 Retford
  • 1875 Sheffield l
  • 1877 Leicester ll
  • 1880 Grantham
  • 1883 Hull ll
  • 1886 Halifax l
  • 1889 Douglas

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1882 (Portrait); 1892/49

PM Minutes 1890.193

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Comments about this page

  • William’s mother was Charlotte. She appears with her son and husband on the 1841 census. Clara was William’s step-mother, whom his father married two years after his first wife’s death. William’s wife Carline was born in 1838 (not 1840).

    (I am a great-great granddaughter of Revd. William Whitby.)

    By Suzanne Mountain (01/11/2015)

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