Fowler, Thomas (abt1840-1912)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

On June 6th Brother Tom Fowler was translated. Though the last weeks of his life were heavily clouded, he bore grand testimony to Jesus Christ. Forty years a member in the St. Day Circuit, for most of that period he was a zealous local preacher. In these labours he was greatly encouraged by his devoted wife. 

Rev. A.E. Wilcox writes: “I remember him . . . . so generous, hospitable, and considerate; and who can forget his untiring labours for God, his quaint, illuminating and entrancing expositions?” 

A faithful class leader, trust treasurer, trustee and treasurer of Skinner’s Bottom Chapel, and circuit steward, his place will be hard to fill.


Thomas was born abt1840 at Hollacombe, Devon, to parents Thomas, who worked the land, and Mary.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Thomas.

  • 1871 husbandman
  • 1881 husbandman
  • 1891 leader in tin mine
  • 1901 tin miner & farmer
  • 1911 farm labourer

He married Harriet Ching (1843-1930) in the spring of 1862 at Hollacombe, Devon. Census returns identify ten children.

  • Mary Grace (1864-1920) – married Thomas Lampshire, a tin miner (1911), in 1896
  • Clara (b1868)
  • Thomas (1870-1905) – a tin miner (1891)
  • William (b1872) – a tin miner (1891)
  • Harriet Ann (b1874)
  • Jane (1876-1946) – married Thomas Bennett, a warehouseman (1901), in 1899
  • James (1879-1894)
  • Emily (1882-1964) – a general domestic servant (1901); married James Angove in 1920
  • Carrie (b1884) – married Frederick C Johns, a railway signalman (1939), in 1913
  • John Henry (1887-1960) – a farm labourer (1911)

Thomas died on 6 June 1912 in the County Asylum, Bodmin, Cornwall.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/836

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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