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William Wooldridge Fereday

Born: 31st March 1866
Died: 31st July 1959

Intro, Biographical Information, Notes etc:

Source for date of death: National Probate Calendar

Tom said ...
Ten years ago now, I was speaking with an open brother in his nineties, who had shared a platform with Mr Fereday. WWF was well respected as a Bible teacher but also had a reputation as being quite difficult to get on with at times. I think he got through five wives! The best of the stories that I can remember is the one that it was said when Mr Fereday went to be with the Lord, they put on his gravestone, "Here lay the bones of W.W., never the more to trouble-you trouble-you!"
Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 : 18:10
Tom said ...

Obituary from the Believer's Magazine Sep 59.

Friday, May 10, 2019 : 01:31
Timothy Stunt said ...
Tom... I've only just now seen your earlier note re the joke about W W Fereday's supposed gravestone. For the record we ought to be aware that in 1819 John Hamilton Reynolds, a friend of William Wordsworth composed a parody of Wordsworth's poem "Peter Bell" which concluded with a couplet referring to the poet's imagined tombstone :
'He mutters ever–"W.W.
Never more will trouble you, trouble you."'
So when WWF died the joke was over a hundred years old!
Timothy Stunt
Friday, May 10, 2019 : 23:05
Marty said ...
Another notice of his death~
Mr. W. W. FEREDAY, passed to be with Christ in his 94th year, on July 31, 1959 at Machermore Castle Eventide Home. For some considerable time Mr. Fereday was confined to his room, and although requiring constant nursing, he was enabled until only recently, to keep in touch with the Lord's work and contribute to the magazines, with the assistance of those who attended him. For about 75 years, the Lord enabled His servant to continue actively in the ministry of the Word. In his earlier days, he was associated with the late Wm. Kelly, and both by oral and written ministry, has been a blessing to many of the Lord's people world-wide. The funeral took place at Newton Stewart Cemetery on August 4. "He being dead yet speaketh."
Friday, Jun 14, 2019 : 08:51
Greg said ...
You show William w. Fereday's birth year as 1866, while on the internet and other sources say plainly he was born in 1863. Maybe you can revisit this or find good proof.

Enjoying the wealth of info. found so far.
Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019 : 23:41
Michael Schneider said ...

I've got a copy of Fereday's birth registration, which confirms 1866:

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019 : 00:01
Nuno Silva said ...
Hello. Would it be possible if someone could confirm that W. W. Fereday was the father of Ethel Persis Fereday? She was born around 1888 and was the daughter of William W. Fereday and Hannah Fereday, she ended up getting married in Lisbon, where she probably also died.
Thanks a lot,
Nuno Silva
Sunday, Jun 21, 2020 : 18:32
Nick Fleet said ...
Yes, Nuno, he is indeed. She was born in Romford, Essex. I can't find her birth record but have found her in the 1891, 1901, amd 1911 Censuses. In the first two she is listed with her parents - in the latter she was a Hospital Nurse at The Consumptive [TB] Hospital, Armley House, Yorkshire.
Monday, Jul 12, 2021 : 00:55
Nick Fleet said ...
CBA Manchester has 'Woolreidge' for his middle name, apparently following John Ritchie publications, but the official documents I can find have 'Wooldridge' (his first marriage in 1888 and probate in 1959). However, he wasn't given any middle name on birth, nor on his Baptism on 13th May 1866. Any one know where it came from? His mother's maiden name was 'Wale'.
Monday, Jul 12, 2021 : 02:48
Michael Schneider said ...

@Nick Fleet: I've been wondering about that too. What makes things even more mysterious is that in his father's case things are the other way round: He was born William Wooldridge Fereday in 1822, but in his later records, including the National Probate Calendar, the middle name is missing!

Monday, Jul 12, 2021 : 06:00

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