Black, William a Methodist missionary, was born in Huddersfield, Eng., in 1760, and removed with his parents to Nova Scotia 1775. In 1786 he entered the ministry. He made up by industry for the lack of early education, and acquired the Hebrew and Greek languages after commencing his ministry. After several years' faithful and successful ministry, he was appointed general superintendent of the Wesleyan Missions in British America. He continued in this service through life, and is justly regarded as the father of Methodism in that region. He died in peace, Sept. 8, 1834.--Wesleyan Minutes (Lond. 1835); Lives of Early Methodist Ministers, v, 242.