Williams, Edward (1805-1875)


A transcription of the obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by James B Knapp is attached. he provides an overview of Edward’s ministry, which was very missionary based. before entering the ministry he worked as a missionary in the villages around the town of Ellesmere. In most of his circuits he saw significant increases in membership. He was  forced to superannuate in 1851 die to ill-health which could be traced back to sleeping in a damp bed for two nights. he settled at Clinton in the Bishop’s Castle circuit where he continued to preach whilst health permitted.


Edward was born on 2 March 1805 at Ellesmere, Shropshire.

He married Martha Langford (1806-1887) on 6 July 1835 at Clun, Shropshire

Edward died on 6 March 1875 at Clunton, Shropshire.


  • 1830 Cwm (1 yr 6 mths)
  • 1831 Hopton (6 mths)
  • 1832 Kidderminster
  • 1833 Bishop’s Castle
  • 1835 Burland
  • 1837 Presteigne
  • 1839 Ramsor
  • 1841 Newcastle-u-Lyme
  • 1844 Cwm
  • 1846 Macclesfield
  • 1846 Burland
  • 1851 Bishop’s Castle (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1875/481

PM Minutes 1875/12

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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