Burton, Thomas (1830-1916)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J. Lindop

Born at Alton, Staffs, in 1830, the translation of Thomas Burton, on November 18th, 1916, breaks another link with the past. Though dowered with no special public gifts, yet there was something in him which made him both strong and winsome. In his active association with our Church he may be classed with that sturdy yeoman type who in the years gone by have done so much in establishing Free Church worship.  Thomas Burton always stood for the best things, both in religious freedom as well as in Christian experience. 

His mother maintained an unbroken membership of seventy years in that village society at Alton, while his grandfather, Jeffries, was associated with the founders of our Church in the area covered by the Ramsor Circuit. Favoured with such a holy ancestry, it is no surprise that in early manhood he joined our Church at Stoke, where business had led him. This event followed on his marriage, and was the joint decision of himself and his wife. 

Health reasons in mid-life led to his return to Alton, and later to Dodsleigh, but on retiring from business he finally settled at Stoke. Most of his family are in fellowship with us, while his eldest son, the Rev. James Burton, of Fleetwood, is one of our most honoured and beloved ministers.

The funeral service was conducted by our circuit ministers, the Revs. J. Kinnish and R.C. Noble, while the former also conducted the memorial service in our Lonsdale Street Church on the following Sunday. We laid him to rest in the Hartshill Cemetery, in the same grave with her who had been his good angel and devoted helpmeet.


Thomas was born in 1830 at Alton, Staffordshire, to parents Hugh Burton, a shoemaker (1841), and Ann Jeffries. He was baptised on 16 June 19130 at Alton, Staffordshire.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Thomas.

  • 1861 servant of ale work
  • 1871 grocer
  • 1881 farmer
  • 1891 retired farmer
  • 1901 retired farmer
  • 1911 grocer

He married Edith Alcock (1832-1910) in 1854 at All Saints, Leigh, Staffordshire. Census returns identify six children.

  • James (1859-1940) – a PM minister
  • Ann (1861-1949) – married John Barlow, a farmer (1891), in 1883
  • Mary Alice (b1864) – married Samuel Barlow, a farmer (1911), in 1887
  • Sarah Emma (b1865) – married William Goodwin, a farmer, in 1888
  • Esther Hannah (1867-1960) – married John Henry Dace in 1892
  • Thomas Hugh (1871-1953) – a wholesale grocer and dry salter (1911)
  • Thomas died on 18 November 1916 at Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917/440

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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