Williams, James Clayton (1834-1889)


James was born on 30 March 1834 at Shrewsbury, Shropshire, to parents John, a tailor, and Emma. He was baptised on 5 May 1834 at St John’s Wesleyan Chapel, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

Census returns identify the following occupations for James.

  • 1861 Methodist New Connexion minister at Litchurch, Derby
  • 1881 Unitarian minister ay Newcastle under Lyme

He married Elizabeth Richard Shields (1834-1868) in the spring of 1863 at Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Census returns identify one child.

  • John Robert C (b1868) – not identified after 1881 census return     

He married Eliza Rowe (1855-1896) in late 1873 in the Congleton Registration District, Cheshire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Harriet Rosa (b1874)  – a shop assistant (1891); a hospital nurse (1901)  
  • Charles James (b abt1877) – a potter’s warehouse boy (1891); a potter’s warehouseman (1901) 
  • William Henry (b1879)

James died in March 1889 at Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire. He was buried on 10 March 1889 at Newcastle Cemetery.


  • 1860 Wrockwardinewood
  • 1861 disappears


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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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