William Jones (1764-1842)
William Jones was converted at the age of twenty-one and entered the itinerancy in 1808.
He was recommended by Thomas Hutton of the Northwich circuit in Cheshire and was described as being single and of no 'incumberance' indicating that he had no children or other dependents.
It is known from correspondence that he had been married but that his wife died in about 1800. His abilities as a local preacher were reported to be 'pretty above mediocrity' and that his ministry had been remarkably successful.
Jones worked as an itinerant preacher for twenty-two years mainly in the Midlands and the North of England.
He superannuated through ill health in 1830 and retired to Warrington, where he continued to preach and work as much as he could until a few days before his death.
Jones had proposed marriage in 1820 to the noted female evangelist Mary Tooth who had been the companion of Mary Fletcher. Her reply does not survive but as the two did not marry, it must have been negative.
Source: Hill's Arrangement 1841, Minutes of Conference 1842, List of Preachers admitted to Conference 1808 and
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