Williams, William (1822-1909)
William was born on 12 July 1822 at Faccombe, Hampshire. His parents were agricultural labourers and William spent his early days working on the land.
William was converted in 1843 and then worked hard to improve his education. He soon became a local preacher.
His obituary records that William erected 8 places of worship during his ministry.
A painful affliction of his feet caused William to superannuate in 1879.
The Mayor of Newbury, T W Turner writes; ‘He was indeed a lovable man, his sincerity was transparent and altogether without guile. His simplicity of life and serenity of character seemed to belong to another age. His only enthusiasm was when in the prayer meeting or in the pulpit.’
The 1861 and 1871 census returns identify William as being married but do not show his wife. He is a widower in 1881.
William married his housekeeper Eliza Morry (b1857) in 1902 in the St Thomas Registration District, Devon.
William died on 3 May 1909 at Sutton, Surrey.
- 1849 Oxford
- 1850 Southampton
- 1851 Maidenhead
- 1853 Hawksbury Upton
- 1855 Newbury
- 1857 Stratford
- 1859 Chinnor
- 1862 Poole
- 1864 Highworth
- 1866 Chinnor
- 1868 Oxford
- 1871 Salisbury
- 1875 Southampton
- 1879 Salisbury (S)
- 1882 Croydon
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1876 (portrait); 1909/646
PM Minutes 1909/25
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers