William Booth’ birthday
Originally shared by Ed Pearce
William Booth was born on April 10, 1829. He was the only son of four surviving children born to Samuel Booth and Mary Moss in Sneinton, Nottingham, England
Booth’s speculative builder father was wealthy by the standards of the time, but during his childhood, as a result of bad investments, the family descended into poverty and Samuel Booth became an alcoholic. William said of him „He set his heart unduly upon worldly gains and was miserable when his fortune melted away.”
In 1842, Samuel Booth, who by then was bankrupt, could no longer afford his son’s school fees, and 13-year-old William was apprenticed to a pawnbroker.
A „careless” lad up to the age of 15, after a bad illness William’s spirit became awakened and he joined a Wesleyan chapel. Inspired by a hellfire preacher from USA, he was converted to Methodism. He then read extensively and trained himself in writing and in speech, becoming a Methodist lay preacher.
On his 23rd birthday Booth left pawnbroking and became a full-time preacher. He travelled through England as an itinerant preacher of the Methodist Reform Church and took on several minister’s jobs