Ewbank, Thomas (1856-1931)
Transcription of Magazine ‘Sketch’
Mr. T Ewbank has been Circuit Steward ever since the formation of the Appleby Branch. He possesses a robust type of Christianity, believing more in deeds than words, a good life being the all important thing. He was born in Wensleydale, yet he claims Coverdale as his rearing place. His father – whom he sums up in a short, telling sentence, “He was a good man,” the emphasis being on the “good” – made a lasting impression for god upon him. For over 20 years he has been identified with our Church. He is also an honoured Class leader and Society Steward. What a listener he is when in the sanctuary! How his soul feeds upon God! At the close of the Sabbath, when he says “Good-night,” he looks into the preacher’s eyes and his soul speaks a benediction of thanks the like of which only those souls who feed richly upon God can give.
Family and other information
Thomas was born in 1856 in Wensleydale to parents Thomas and Jane. Thomas, senior, was a farmer.
Census returns give the following occupations for Thomas.
- 1881 farmer of 42 acres employing one boy
- 1891 farmer and butcher
- 1901 farmer and butcher
- 1911 butcher
Thomas married Jane Nelson (abt1857-1897) in the spring of 1877 in the East Ward Registration District, Westmorland. Census returns identify nine children.
- John Nelson (1877-1960) – a farmer and dairyman (1911)
- Isabella Eden (1879-1956) – married William Slinger, a joiner, in 1905; emigrated to Canada in 1913
- Jane Anne (1881-1960) – married Stephen Slinger, a joiner and cabinet-maker, in 1906
- Mary (b1883) – a hospital nurse (1911)
- Thomas (abt1886-1955)
- Miriam (1888-1975) – married George Stephenson in 1921
- James Wilson (babt1890)
- Harriet (b abt1892)
- Grace (1894-1980) – married Richard S Dickinson in 1918
Thomas married Hannah Wilson (abt 1867-1939) in the spring of 1901 at Appleby, Westmorland. Census returns identify three of four children.
- William Haining (1902-1962) – a butcher (1939)
- Edith Margaret (b abt1904) – travelled to Argentina in 1929
- George (1908-1963) – a butcher (1939)
Thomas died on 28 February 1931 at Bongate, Appleby, Westmorland.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/122
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers