Charlton, Thomas (1814-1837)
Thomas Charlton was born May 15, 1814, at Sunderland. His parents were Wesleyans, and died in peace, in 1820, leaving him an orphan in the care of his elder sister; and they removed to Hylton on the river Wear. He was preserved from the prevailing vices of the age; and in 1833, being deeply convinced of sin, he was enabled to venture his ruined soul on the Redeemer, and obtained joy and peace in believing. Removing to Ballast Hills near Newcastle, he joined the P. M. Society; and in 1834, he removed to Heworth Lane, in South Shields circuit, and joined our society there. He was steady, upright, and uniform; and exemplary in attending the means of grace.
January 8, 1837, he took the small pox; this confined him to his bed six weeks, and left a weakness, which brought on a consumption. For some time he appeared desirous to recover, but bowed with submission the will of Heaven.
I frequently saw him, and constantly found him happy in God. Bro. R. Craig, local preacher, visited him through his affliction, and always found him resigned to the will of God. During the last week of his life he frequently repeated,
“Jesu lover of my soul,
Let me to thy bosom fly” &c.
He requested Bro. Lupton to improve his death from Rev. xiv. 13; and sing his favourite hymn,
“The morning flowers display their sweets.”
Monday 8, I entered his room, he was saying, “Come, Jesus,” &c. Many of the members being present, he called them by their names, and told them to meet him in heaven.
May 8,1837, he fell asleep in Jesus, in the twenty-third year of his age.
Primitive Methodist Magazine, 1838. Page 197.