Briggs, Thomas (1839-1911)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by R.W.

Thomas Briggs, of Browney Colliery, was born at West Rainton, Co. Durham, April 16th, 1839. He started work in the pit when seven years of age. When twenty-eight years old he was converted. He took a deep interest in revival services, and would walk miles to attend them. 

He married Miss M. Coulson, of High Pittington, who proved a true helpmeet to him. The Bible was the special book in his home; he believed in the family altar; he attended all the services of his Church. Visitation received a large share of his time. He was a generous supporter of his Church, and four chapels at least owe their existence to his advocacy and help. 

He was seen at his best in the Class Meeting and Sunday School. From classes he conducted there went forth into different parts of the country Sunday School teachers, class leaders, local preachers, and three ministers. 

He died on June 14th, 1911, and was buried in Hallgarth Churchyard, Pittington, on June 17th.


Thomas was born on 16 April 1839 at West Rainton, Co. Durham, to parents John Daglish Briggs, a coal miner (1841), and Margaret Addamson.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Thomas.

  • 1851 coal miner
  • 1861 coal miner
  • 1871 coal miner
  • 1881 coal miner
  • 1891 coal miner
  • 1901 coal hewer
  • 1911 retired miner

He married Margaret Coulson (1839-1904) on 25 February 1860 at Pittington, Co. Durham. Census returns identify nine children.

  • Stephen (1860-1901) – a coal miner (1901)                     
  • John Richard (1862-1929) – a spare deputy overman (underground) (1911)                      
  • Sarah Ann (b abt1865) – married William Smith, a coal miner, in 1886
  • Daglish (1868-1935) – a miner deputy overman (1911)
  • Thomas (1870-1934) – a coal miner (1891)
  • Margaret (1874-1928) – married Joseph Thomas Winter, a deputy overman (1911), in 1894
  • Joseph (1875-1950) – a miner (deputy overman) (1911)                   
  • Robert (1879-1906) – a coal hewer (1901)
  • Elizabeth (b1883) – not identified after 1901 census

Thomas died on 14 June 1911 at Browney Colliery, Co. Durham.


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