Wills, William Henry Pearce (1832-1887)

Family

William was born abt 1832 at Gulval, Cornwall, to parents Henry, a smith (1841) and agricultural labourer (1851), and Ann.

Before entering the ministry William was a painter’s apprentice (1851). After leaving the PM ministry William was a minister of the gospel not connected to any denomination at Barnstable.

He married Mary Ann Orchard (1832-1912) in early v1863 in the Liskeard Registration District, Cornwall. Census returns identify five children.

  • Eliezer (1865-1896) – a pupil teacher (1881)
  • Tryphena (b1867) – a dressmaker (1891)
  • Phinehas (1869-1939) –  a baker (1891)
  • Gersham (1871-1946) – a carpenter & joiner (1891); emigrated to Canada
  • John Moseley (1873-1921) – a tea agent (1911)

William died in early 1887 at Barnstable, Devon.

Circuits

  • 1856 Bristol
  • 1857 Radstock
  • 1859 Chippenham
  • 1861 Pembroke
  • 1862 Liskeard
  • 1863 disappears

References

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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