- Born: 10 Oct 1806, Breage, , Cornwall, England
- Christened: 16 Nov 1806, Breage, , Cornwall, England
- Died: 14 Oct 1840, Porthleven, , Cornwall, England at age 34
- Buried: Sithney, Cornwall, England
Cause of his death was Typhus.
OBIT 1840 WILLIAM SYMONS 1806-1840 of Porthleven
Died October 14th, 1840, at Porthleaven, in the parish of Sithney, in the Breage circuit, William SYMONS, aged 34, who was born October 10th, 1806, at Trew, in the parish of Breage, and was by occupation a fisherman. In common with all the human family he felt the sad effects of the fall, and lived a stranger to God and destitute of religion, about twenty years. As it was custom with young people to attend some place of worship, at one time, whilst our dear departed brother was sitting under the Bible Christian ministry, and one of the local brethren was preaching, God owned the word, he felt the force of truth, and at the prayer meeting held after the preaching, our dear brother was led, like David of old, to roar aloud for the very disquietude of his soul; and he sought the Lord sorrowing for some time. I am not prepared to state the time when he was set at liberty, as he left no diary. The work was deep and lasting, not like the seed that was sown by the wayside, which was quickly devoured; but like the precious seed that was sown in a good soil. Oh that preachers would more fully attend to the delightful duty of holding prayer meetings after preaching; our departed friend was always ready to, to assist in them. He manifested his love to the cause he espoused, by his constant attendance at all the means of grace, and it was very seldom that brother SYMONS's seat was empty. He not only experienced the blessing of pardon, but he lived in the enjoyment of sanctification, or holiness, without which, no man can see the Lord.
Brother SYMONS was diligent in visiting the sick; and continued faithful from the commencement of his Christian career, to the close of his life. Not like many professors, who are then in and then out of society, our dear brother was delighted when the church was in prosperity; and could not bear to hear of any person growing weary in well doing. He was very pious, gave all his heart to the Lord, and soon became useful as a class-leader, which office he faithfully filled for twelve years, and was highly respected by those who knew him.As a Christian, he was a burning and a shining light, an Israelite indeed; as a local preacher, he was to be depended on; no little thing would prevent brother SYMONS from attending his appointments; and he manifested his love to the cause he espoused, by attending all the local meetings, and by making provision for the preachers by lodging them at his father's house, as members of his own family. His affliction, which was the Typhus fever, seized him very violently in his head, which rendered him quite incapable of doing anything after he was taken ill; but praise God, his work was done; he had "fought the good fight, and kept the faith." His sufferings were very great for some-what about eight weeks; till he sank down in the arms of death. He was greatly beloved, and deeply lamented by the inhabitants of Porthleaven, and I have not the least doubt but what our loss is his gain, for the great Head of the church does all things right, "who is too wise to err, and too good to be unkind."
On Sunday the 18th of October, the day appointed for the funeral, his remains were taken to the chapel, where his death was improved by brother J.C. CORNISH, from Jer. xii.5., as the writer was from the circuit at that time on a Missionary tour. I was informed that hundreds of people attended the funeral, when all that was mortal was taken to Sithney Church town, the place for interment, where his remains were committed to the dust until that day when the trumpet shall be sounded and the dead hear the voice of the Son of God. Our brother is only gone just before us; he is now saved from burning fevers, from sickness and decline: he is now joined with them who are gone before. It may be said of him that he was faithful unto death, and served his God above many; and although we are separated from him, it is only for a short time. May the Lord make the reader and writer faithful unto death, so that we may meet again where parting is unknown, Amen