Thomas Dawson

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By Geoff Dickinson

Early Life

Thomas was born on 16 April 1805 at Marton cum Grafton, Yorkshire to parents John and Elizabeth. Thomas heard the preaching of William Clowes in 1820 when he visited the village and he joined the new society formed by Clowes. Thomas continued to live with his parents for two years after his conversion working as a farmer.


He started to work as a hired local preacher working at Kettlesing and later Brompton in the Ripon circuit. He was accepted as a travelling preacher at the 1823 conference.

Thomas was unable to complete his probationary training due to illness. He suffered from asthma.

Contribution to the connexion

On leaving the itinerant ministry Thomas reverted to farming to earn a living. He settled in the Ripon circuit and worked as an influential layman. He was a member of the General Missionary Committee, District Committee and Publishing Committee. Thomas was elected a Deed Poll member of conference in 1856.


Thomas married Elizabeth Slater (1797-1885) on 23 February 1830 at Brompton Patrick, Yorkshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • Abner Beck (1833-1906) - a farmer
  • Mary Ann (b1835)
  • Joshua (1837-1917) – a farmer
  • Alfred (b1839) – a farmer
  • Elizabeth (b1842) – a housekeeper in 1871

Thomas died at Grimscar by Bedale.


  • 1823 Guisborough (6 mths)
  • 1823 Middleham (6 mths)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1857/321

J Petty, The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, p107, p559

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1; vol 2, p80

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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