Bannings, Thomas (1800-1837)
Died, at Aylesbury, Dec. 24, 1837, Thomas Bannings, in the thirty-seventh year of his age. He had been a hearer of the word, and was moral in his habits. He was converted to God at a meeting held by Bros. Wait and Peaceful, about seven months previous to his death. He joined society; his conduct was good; he was zealous; had a good talent in prayer; and bade fair for usefulness, but the Lord took him home. His last affliction was severe, but he bore it with fortitude, and said, the Lord was making his soul ripe for glory. To his weeping partner, who was about to be left with two small children, he said, “Don’t repine; I am going to a better place, and the Lord will provide for you and the children; I know he will.”
On one occasion, alter a conflict, he said, “I know I am not deceived.” His wife said, “What do you mean?” He replied, “I have seen a bright crown; but the enemy said it was not for me. But I prayed to the Lord to show me whether it was for me or not; and I have seen it again. It is for me. I am going to receive it I am happy. Glory, glory to God for sending the P. Methodists here.” And he departed, having seen the salvation of God. I preached his funeral sermon to a large company, many of whom were in tears.
Primitive Methodist Magazine, 1838. Page 397.