HOLDSWORTH, William 1817 - 1892 (Father of John)
Obituary Minutes of Conference 1893 and Stations
WILLIAM HOLDSWORTH; who was born in Hampsthwaite in 1817. Under the ministry of Rev. Alfred Barrett he gave himself wholly to God, and at once began his life-work of loving service.
He went, at his own cost, to Jamaica, to labour among the newly emancipated slaves, and was there taken into the Ministry.
For more than twenty years he toiled with great zeal and acceptance, filling the most trying and responsible positions with self-sacrificing devotion.
In 1871 he returned to England, and spent the next eighteen years in Circuit work, into which he carried all those qualities of heart and life which made him honoured and beloved abroad.
He was a good preacher, of sterling integrity, of conspicuous fidelity and tenderness in the discharge of all public duties, and of great prudence and tact in the administration of Church affairs.
He took a lively interest in the work of God, and was much beloved in the Harrogate Circuit, where the years of his retirement were spent, latterly in great suffering borne with exemplary patience.
From the shock caused by the sudden death of his son he never rallied. In sure hope, and resting in the Lord, he waited until his change came.
He passed hence on December 14, 1892, in the seventy-fifth year of his age, and the forty-third of his ministry.
1850 Mount-Ward,Jam. 3
1853 Montego-Bay, do. 1
1854 Kingston, do. 2
1856 Morant-Bay, do. 2
1858 Grateful hill, do.2
1860 Guy’s Hill, do. 3
1863 Watsonville, do. 1
1864 Kingston, do. 7
1871 Chipping Norton 1
1872 Attleborough &c. 2
1874 Oakham 3
1877 Bingham 3
1880 Snaith 3