William Chapman

Photo:Primitive Methodist Magazine 1867

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1867

1819-1887

By Geoff Dickinson

William was born on 5 June 1819 at Salisbury, Wiltshire, to parents Valentine and Mary Ann. He was baptised, along with his older brother James, on 5 June 1820 at St Martin, Salisbury.

Ministry

There is little information available about William’s ministry. Clearly something significant happened circa 1870 that resulted in him leaving the ministry. He had a large family and many of his children ‘disappear’ after the 1861 census – could family grief have impacted on his faith?

Family

William married Frances Pye (1821-1904) at Swannington, Norfolk on 11 August 1842. Census returns identify eleven children.

  • Fanny (1842-1909) – married Robert Jesty, a joiner
  • Rosanna (b1844) – a dressmaker
  • William Pye (b1846)
  • Emma Pye (b1847)
  • Selina Kate (b1849)
  • Leonora Jane (b1851) – a servant in 1871
  • Blanche Mary (b1853) – a domestic servant in 1871
  • Charles Arthur (1855-1903) – a railway engine driver
  • Henry Liftz (b1857)
  • Samuel  (b1859)
  • Harry (b1864) - a labourer

In the 1871 census, William is living at Hempnall, Depwade, Norfolk with his occupation described as hawker. His wife, Frances, is a schoolmistress. The 1881 census finds William working as a coffee stall keeper in Willesden, London. Frances is working as a nurse.

It is likely that William died abt 1887 in London.

Circuits

  • 1839 Mattishall
  • 1840 Upwell
  • 1843 Yarmouth
  • 1845 Fakenham
  • 1846 Briston
  • 1847 Cambridge
  • 1849 Swaffham
  • 1851 Lynn
  • 1853 Norwich 1
  • 1857 Diss
  • 1859 Rockland
  • 1860 Wangford
  • 1864 Briston
  • 1867 Watton
  • 1869 Thetford
  • 1870 disappears

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1867/193 (portrait)

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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