Wood, William (1820-1895)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1871
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1871

Early years

William was born on 2 March 1820 at French, nr Lilleshall, Shropshire.

He was converted at a band meeting held in a cottage near Wrockwardinewood in 1836 and became a local preacher in 1839.

Ministry

William’s obituary records that he was of a very timid nature, but fired with divine love, and being impelled by a sense of duty he triumphed over his fear.

In summing up his time in the Oswestry circuit in the mid 1840’s, William recorded that his journeys extended into 5 counties. He walked 4650 miles, visited 4544 homes, preached 936 sermons and witnessed many conversions.

Family

William married Sarah (b abt 1818) from Middlewich, Cheshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • William (b1849)
  • George Stephen (1851-1915) – a farmer and later agricultural agent
  • Sarah Jane (b1853)
  • John (b1858) – a Liberal agent in 1911
  • Jabez (1861-1934) – a commercial clerk

William died in November 1895 at Burton on Trent, Staffordshire.

Circuits

  • 1842 Wrockwardinewood
  • 1843 Oswestry
  • 1846 Wem
  • 1848 Dawley
  • 1850 Leintwardine
  • 1852 W Bromwich
  • 1854 Bishops Castle
  • 1856 Whitchurch
  • 1857 Hadnall
  • 1859 Stafford
  • 1861 Ramsor
  • 1862 Sandbach
  • 1865 Leintwardine
  • 1867 Kidderminster
  • 1868 Whitchurch
  • 1871 Market Drayton
  • 1874 Cheadle
  • 1875 Ramsor (S)
  • 1876 Hanley
  • 1891 Burton on Trent

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1871 (portrait)

PM Minutes 1896/34

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Comments about this page

  • William Wood was the grandfather of Emily Jane Wood (d of George Wood) who married Primitive Methodist Minister William Upright (1882-1970) in Great Western Street Chapel Manchester in 1906

    By Richard Upright (31/10/2013)

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