Church Ministers – Rev William Jeremiah StreetMay 24, 2016
The sixth Minister of our Church (1903-1907) William Jeremiah Street, was born in Edinburgh, Midlothian in 1868. He was the first child of William Street, a joiner from England and Christina Kinross from Peebles.
The family lived first, in 1871, at 11 North Pit Street Edinburgh. The 1881 Census shows William and Christina with William J. aged 13, and Andrew, Margaret, Charles, James and John, living at 18 West Claremont Street, Edinburgh. The 1891 Census shows the family staying at Henderson Row, supporting William who is a Divinity Student and is studying at New College.
William and Christina’s marriage lasted for 46 years. They had 9 children, 5 of whom survived to adulthood. William died in 1911, aged 74 and Christina in 1922, aged 82.
In 1895, William J. aged 28, married Mary Duncan aged 31, in her home at 16 West Claremont Street Edinburgh. The couple moved to Portsoy where William Jeremiah Street was inducted to his first charge at the West United Free Church.
The 1901 census shows William and Mary with daughter Mary, aged 2, living in the Church manse. Between 1895 and 1903 while living in Portsoy, the couple had 4 children. Christina (born 1897 died aged 7 weeks, Mary, (born 1898), William (born 1901) died aged 4 months, and James (born 1903.)
William J. Street was inducted to Maxwelltown West Church on 10th September 1903.
During William’s time in Dumfries the congregation started looking for a new Manse, as the existing building required frequent repairs. The Church heating was upgraded by fitting a new boiler and relaying the heating pipes.
The young people, with the minister’s support, were active in joint discussions with other churches, and there was also an active cycling club.
In September 1907, William Street accepted a call from Willesden Church, London and left Dumfries. Rev Street stayed in London until 1911 before returning to Scotland after accepting a call to Stevenson Memorial Church in Glasgow, where he stayed until June 1920, when he again moved – this time to Brechin East U.F. Church.
In December 1924, William Jeremiah Street, aged 57, died from heart failure. In August 1948 William’s widow died in Edinburgh, aged 75, from heart failure. Her death certificate was signed by their son James Street, living in Hertfordshire. BW