William Gilgrass (1777-1826)
William Gilgrass entered the Wesleyan itinerancy in 1804 and served in the West Indies until 1814 when he returned to England and spent a year in the Shrewsbury circuit, followed by two years in Stourport.
Gilgrass returned to the Caribbean in 1817 and remained there in the active ministry until his death following a long illness on February 12th 1826.
At the time of his death, Gilgrass was the second longest serving missionary in the West Indies. During his time in Jamaica, he had suffered imprisonment for his beliefs.
Source: Minutes of Conference 1826 and Hill's Arrangement 1819