Harris, Thomas William (1839-1913)

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

Mr. Thomas W. Harris was born seventy-four years ago at Wycombe, but came to the Metropolis while still in his teens. A serious illness was the means of leading him to surrender his life to Jesus Christ, and afterwards he identified himself with our Kennington church, of which society he was a member about forty-five years. 

He served as secretary and superintendent of the Sunday School, as class leader, and was a trustee of the church. But perhaps our friend will be remembered specially for the valuable work which he did in connection with the choir. For a number of years he was choirmaster, and in this branch of service he put in much good and careful work. 

The funeral, which was conducted by the Revs. F.S. Bullough and J.H. Barker, took place on April 26th, and a memorial service was held on Sunday evening, May 4th.


Thomas was born abt1839 at Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, to parents Caleb Harris, a chair maker (1851), and Elizabeth Rolf.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Thomas.

  • 1861 chair maker
  • 1871 fancy chair maker
  • 1891 chair maker
  • 1901 chair maker
  • 1911 chair maker (retired)

He married Sarah Ann Crichton (1840-1901) on 4 November 1860 at St Mary, Lambeth, London. Census returns and birth records identify eight children.

  • Elizabeth Ann (1861-1893) – married Edward William Twelves, an engineer, in 1888
  • Thomas William (1863-1864)
  • Thomas Frederick Percy (1865-1871)
  • William Rupert (1867-1954) – a foreman cork sorter (1911)
  • Charles George (1873-1949) – a draper’s clerk (1901)
  • Harriet Sarah (1876-1913)
  • Thomas Albert John (1879-1958) – a lawn tennis bat maker (1911)
  • Cyril Henry Crichton (1885-1956) – a motor man (1911)

Thomas died in April 1913 at Lambeth, London.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/665

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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