1854–1925

Ap­ril 8, 1854, Ra­cine, Wis­con­sin.

No­vem­ber 8, 1925, Rome, New York.

Rome Ce­me­te­ry, Rome, New York.

William was the hus­band of El­la South­worth.

In his in­fancy, his par­ents re­turn­ed to their for­mer home in New York state, where his mo­ther soon died, and his father married a close friend of hers.

After Will­iam’s 1873 con­ver­sion, his step­mo­ther pre­dict­ed he would one day be a bish­op. He served the Me­tho­dist Sus­que­han­na Con­fer­ence as a pas­tor and dis­trict su­per­in­tend­ent, 1876–1919, then his step­moth­er’s pr­edic­tion came true.

Meanwhile, he had been a mem­ber of the joint com­mis­sion of the Free and Wes­ley­an Me­tho­dist Church­es which com­piled the 1910 hym­nal, and con­trib­ut­ed some items to it. He died in of­fice, re­quest­ing no eul­o­gy at his fun­er­al.

  1. Beloved, Sleep
  2. Go Forward, Is the Great Command
  3. All Praise to Him Who Reigns Above
  4. Beloved, Sleep, Thy Conflicts Now Are Past
  5. Beloved Sons of God
  6. Blessèd Be the Name
  7. Give to Jesus Glory
  8. Go Forward, Is the Great Command
  9. Heart of Love, Enfolding All
  10. How Sweet the Tidings, Mercy’s Free
  11. I’m Helpless, Lord, to Thee I Fly
  12. Jesus Is Near, So Near
  13. Let Little Children Come to Me
  14. Master Has Come, The
  15. Other Shore, The
  16. Royal Foun­tain, The
  17. To Thy Father’s House Returning
  18. ’Twas Wondrous Love
  19. We Come, We Come, a Mighty Host
  20. Wouldst Thou Strengthen Thy Soul?