Davies, Thomas (1839-1914)

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

Thomas Davies was born at Compton near Wolverhampton, March 8th, 1839. Always fond of his book and religiously inclined, he dedicated his life to God, and at the age of seventeen began to preach. He was asked for the ministry, but Providence took him the rugged road of business life. Some said “he had missed his way,” but a man cannot be in his wrong place who puts constancy and conscience into his business, point and power into his sermon, and makes every circumstance an opportunity for doing good. His literary ability was considerable. Sermons and other articles have been printed. His book and his pen were his daily companions as long as thought responded. Among his closest friends was the present Connexional Editor, Rev. J. Dodd Jackson, who testifies to his high spirituality, to the beauty of his life and to his great ability as a preacher and writer.

For two and a half years he was disabled by heavy affliction, and on Thursday, September 17th, he was liberated to enter the heavenly home. The interment at Crewe on the 21st was conducted jointly by Revs. C.L. Tack, W. Lawrence and W. Wright. The latter, a personal friend for fifty-one years, gave a timely and touching address. The deceased leaves a widow, the faithful, untiring comrade of fifty-three years, to move slowly on towards the gate of re-union. There are three daughters and three sons, of whom two are acceptable local preachers, The father, in passing, has bequeathed to his children a legacy of spiritual grace and Christian influence.

He cultivated a sacred intimacy with the invisible, and in all his duties in the Church, as in business, the Divine law was his guide.


Thomas was born on 8 March 1839 at Tettenhall, Compton, Staffordshire, to parents William Davies, a butcher, and Elizabeth Jordan. His brother, James, was a PM minister.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Thomas.

  • 1861 journeyman butcher
  • 1871 butcher, master
  • 1881 butcher
  • 1891 butcher
  • 1901 butcher
  • 1911 retired

He married Esther Hardy (1834-1917)in early 1861 in the Wolverhampton Registration District, Staffordshire. Census returns identify nine of twelve children.

  • William Thomas (abt1862-1928) – a journeyman printer (1911)        
  • Mary Elizabeth (b1863) – a teacher (1881)
  • Arthur Henry (1865-1895) – a grocer (1891)
  • Hannah Maria (1866-1944) – a baker & confectioner (1921)
  • James Charles (1868-1944) – a grocers & provision dealer (1911)
  • Esther Miriam (1870-1953) – a baker & confectioner (1921)
  • David Thomas M (1875-1953) – P.O. overseer retired (1939)
  • Louisa B (b abt1877)
  • Clara Priscilla (abt1878-1892)

Thomas died on 17 September 1914 at Crewe, Cheshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/912

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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