Hancox, Thomas (1835-1912)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W. Turner

A humble life, but one of great usefulness, was completed by Brother Thomas Hancox, of Tysoe Society, in Banbury Circuit, on November 25th, 1912. The day before his decease, Sunday, he attended three services, giving his testimony in the fellowship meeting and also taking part in the evening prayer meeting. This finish of his life at the age of seventy-six years was according to his wish to go “foot road,” as he called it, he having no desire for a lingering inactivity prior to his departure.

Converted at Tysoe when twenty-five years old, Brother Hancox was one of the earliest members of the Society, and in the early days of persecution he provided a home for the preachers when practically no one else dared to do so. Although his educational equipment was meagre, he was an acceptable and thoughtful local preacher for more than fifty years, and regularly filled eight or nine preaching appointments quarterly. He used to tell with a little pride how he chided one brother who was grumbling because of the large number of his appointments which robbed him of his home so much, by saying, “Thomas Hancox once had only one free Sunday during thirty successive Sundays.”

The Connexion that he loved and served deemed him worthy and just, for the last year or so of his life he enjoyed a small pension from the A.L.P. Fund. Brother Hancox was the founder of the Tysoe Sunday School and for many years its superintendent and chief worker. He was also one of the chapel trustees. 

The funeral took place on November 28th, the interment in Tysoe Churchyard following the service in our own chapel. He is reverently remembered.

Family

Thomas was born abt1835 at Tysoe, Warwickshire, to parents Daniel, who worked the land, and Maria. He was baptised on 3 January 1836 at Tysoe.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Thomas.

  • 1871 agricultural labourer
  • 1881 labourer farm bailiff
  • 1901 labourer on farm
  • 1911 pensioner farm labourer

He married Sarah Harris (1837-1906) on 30 March 1860 at Tysoe, Warwickshire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Elizabeth (b abt1860) – dressmaker (1881); married George Henry Geden, a saddler shopkeeper (1901), in 1883

Thomas died on 25 November 1912 at Tysoe, Warwickshire.

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/413

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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