Rev. William Howard was born in Hayfield near Stockport, ordained in 1867 and died of an epileptic fit in 1879 whilst minister in the Norwich UMFC Circuit.
Alas his wife Sarah Jane also died a few days later followed by the death of their infant son who was also buried with them. They left three other small children a girl and two boys.
He ministered in Bolton, Todmorden, Leamington, Sheffield, Lowestoft and Norwich UMFC circuits.