W P Bignell 1905 Obit
THE DEATH ROLL. Rev. W. P. Bignell, D. D. Rev. W. P. Bigncll, 1). I)., died, Wednesday evening, at o o'clock, at his home on Eagle street, after a life of usefulness and unselfish devotion to the cause of the church. He was one of the oldest Methodist ministers ministers in the state. He was born in Philadelphia in 1826, and graduated from the Philadelphia Hoys' High school. At the age of iS he united with the Methodist church. He was admitted to the Eric conference in iSjr, and retired from active duty in the ministry in lyoi. after 50 years of continuous service. Some of his appointments were at Cleveland, Westfield, Eredonia, Silver Creek, N. Y.. Eric, (Simpson street), North East, Greenville, Titusville, Mercer, Sharon and Warren, Pa. He was presiding presiding elder of the Meadville, Franklin Franklin and Jamestown districts of the Erie conference, and was delegate from the Erie conference to the general general conference twice. Since retiring from active work in 1901 he resided in Greenville. Mrs. Bignell died about a year ago. One son, William Bigncll, of Allegheny, and an adopted daughter, Mrs. W. J. Beacom, of Republic, Washington county, survive. survive. Rev. Dr. Bigncll was the last of three of the oldest and best-known Methodist ministers in this end of the state. Rev. John Peate, D. D., who died a year ago; Rev. W. H. Mossman, who died several weeks UK and Dr. Bigncll were the closest of friends for years. They worked hand in hand, scattering good wherever wherever their services were needed and within the short space of a little over a year they all have answered the call of their Maker. Dr. Bignell just three weeks ago preached the sermon sermon over the remains of his loved friend, Rev. W. H. Mossman. Funeral at M. E. church, Saturday, at 1:30 p. m.