Fletcher, Thomas (1828-1912)

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

The Pickering Church has lost one of its oldest members in the passing away of Mr. Thomas Fletcher on 20th May last at the ripe age of eighty-four years, and with an unbroken membership of sixty-four years in Primitive Methodism. He was the youngest but one of seven brothers, sons of William and Jane Fletcher, six of whom were in their day associated with Pickering Primitive Methodism; and in his decease the last of the seven has departed. 

He was converted as a young man of twenty, and was associated first with our old chapel, known as Providence Chapel, afterwards with the second one, now disused and known as the Temperance Hall, and to the day of his death was connected in membership and official life with our present spacious church on Potter Hill. In his earlier years he was a teacher and school superintendent, and to the time of his decease was a class leader and society steward at Pickering and also trustee of four of our churches in the circuit. Until two years ago, when his health began to fail, he was a most regular attender at our services, both Sunday and weekday, and to him there were no people anywhere like the Primitives. 

Only for a brief fortnight was he laid aside by the sickness which was for him the pathway to life. His last day on earth was spent, in its morning hours in singing and prayer, and its later hours in slumbering, until at last sleep overpowered him, and in the evening he awoke with God. He was laid to rest in the Cemetery on Thursday, May 23rd, amid a large concourse of relatives and friends, the service being conducted by Rev. J. Bilton, who also held an “In Memoriam” service in the Church on Sunday, June 2nd.

Family

Thomas was born in 1827 at Pickering, Yorkshire, to parents William, a blacksmith, and Jane. He was baptised on 1 October 1827 ay Pickering.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Thomas.

  • 1851 joiner
  • 1861 joiner & cabinet maker employing 1 man & 2 boys
  • 1871 joiner & cabinet maker employing one man
  • 1881 joiner & cabinet maker
  • 1891 cabinet maker
  • 1901 living on own means
  • 1911 cabinet maker retired

He married Mary Hare (1828-1868) in early 1852 at Pickering, Yorkshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • William (1854-1926) – cabinet maker (1911)
  • Ann (1856-1931) – married Thomas wiseman, a railway engine driver (1911), in 1878
  • Jane (b1858) – a housekeeper (1891)
  • Mary (b1860)
  • John (1865-1931) – a cabinet maker & furniture dealer (1911)

Thomas died on 23 May 1912 at Pickering, Yorkshire.

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/158

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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