William Tranter (1778-1879)
William Tranter was born in Little Dawley, near Madeley, Shropshire. He was converted at the age of nineteen through the ministry of the Wesleyan minister Valentine Ward who introduced him to religious meetings organised by the followers of John Fletcher. Tranter was subsequently a founder member of the first Methodist class held in Dawley. The female evangelist Mary Fletcher was a major influence on the young Tranter.
Tranter entered the Wesleyan ministry in 1803 and served in home circuits mainly in Scotland and Northern England for forty-three years, rising to the position of District Chairman.
After his superannuation in 1846, Tranter settled in Salisbury and continued to preach locally. He was active until a short time before his death at the age of one hundred and one.
Source: Minutes of Conference 1879