Candlish, Thomas (1843-1915)

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

Our church at St. Anthonys, Newcastle-on-Tyne III. Station, has sustained an irreparable loss in the passing of Mr. Candlish. He was the last survivor of the original trustees of the present chapel and school, and for more than half a century he has been a tower of strength. He became a Sunday school teacher at the age of sixteen, and sustained an unbroken record of devoted work among the young for fifty-five years. For forty years he was a class leader. For thirty-seven years he was the treasurer of the local Co-operative Society, and retained the confidence of his fellows to the end. 

Brother Candlish was a man of deep religious instincts, intense in piety, quiet in demeanour, and strong in principle. His modest bearing and the sterling qualities of his character won for him a high place in our affections as a father in Israel.


Thomas was born in the summer of 1843 at Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, to parents John Candlish, a waterman, and Isabella Trotter. He was baptised on 10 December 1843 at All Saints, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Thomas.

  • 1851 scholar
  • 1861 joiner
  • 1871 joiner
  • 1881 joiner
  • 1891 joiner
  • 1901 house joiner
  • 1911 joiner

He married Mary Ann Stafford  (1844-1927) on 4 October 1862 at Newcastle upon Tyne. Census returns identify eight of eleven children.

  • Isaac (1864-1893) – joiner (1891)
  • Isabella (1868-1951) – married John Tomlinson, a domestic manservant (1891), in 1889; married Isaac William Jull, a ship plater (1921), in 1913
  • Ann (1870-1949) – married John Robert Stevenson, a machine planer (1911), in 1895
  • Mary Ellen (1873-1897) – a dressmaker (1891)
  • Ethel (1875-1899)
  • Lavinia (1877-1912) – married Thomas Teasdale, a shipyard caulker (1911), in 1899
  • Elizabeth (1879-1904)
  • Jessie (1884-1970) – married Thomas Teasdale, a shipyard caulker (1921), in 1913

Thomas died on 22 July 1915 at St Anthony’s, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/156

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