Charles, Thomas (1819-1904)
Transcription of Obituary In the Christian Messenger
THOMAS CHARLES, of Trelystan, Welshpool Circuit, entered into rest December 17th, 1904, at the ripe old age of 85. He had been a member of the same society for nearly three score years, and during that time, had been faithful and without reproach. He was regarded as the father of that society, and was for many years its leader and steward. He was not a local preacher, but his usefulness and worth were demonstrated in many ways. His children, and his children’s children, rise up and call him blessed. At the closing scenes of life, surrounded by his many children, he gave them his last charge and blessing. He was a good father and was deeply concerned about the spiritual welfare of his children, and ceased not to pray for them. He had the joy of seeing many of them enter into the Kingdom. He was constant in his attendance at the means of grace. Though his home was a long way from the room where the service was held, it was only sickness which ever prevented his attendance. His love for the Lord, and religious duties, took no account of rough roads or bad weather. His simple earnest prayers, and joyful testimony, were always listened to with profit, and will live long in the memory of those who were privileged to hear them. He being dead yet speaketh. He was followed to the grave by a large company of children and friends. The funeral sermon was preached by Mr. D. Pugh, who had known him from his youth.
Family and other information
Thomas was baptised on 19 December 1819 at Trelystan, Montgomeryshire. His parents were Thomas and Elizabeth.
Census returns record that Thomas was an agricultural labourer.
Thomas married Mary Owen (1825-1903) in late 1846 in the Montgomery registration District. Census returns identify ten children.
- Ann (b abt1847)
- Richard (abt1849-1929) – an agricultural labourer
- Thomas (1851-1930) – a farmer
- John (1854-1967)
- Mary (abt1856-1943) – married William Jones, a farmer (1911), in 1881
- Jane (1857-1940) – married Thomas Ba(y)son, a carter, in 1880
- Elizabeth (b1862)
- Harriet (1864-1933) – married Thomas Butler, a farmer, in 1892
- Edith (abt1867-1943) – married James Williams, a gardener labourer, in 1888
- Emma Ruth (abt1870-1951) – married Herbert Stafford, a grocer and sub-postmaster (1911), in 1893
Christian Messenger 1905/223
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