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?