Horn, Thomas John Graham (1834-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by William Proudlock

The Ashington Circuit of Northumberland has suffered a severe loss: in the death of Mr. Thomas John Horn on May 25th, 1915. Born on August 13th, 1834, at Newcastle-on-Tyne, at the early age of fourteen he was led to the Saviour. He resided in several towns in Northumberland and Yorkshire and in each place joined our Church and rendered what service he could. Ultimately he settled down at Ashington, and throughout the whole district was highly respected.

Mr. Horn possessed a strong and living faith in God; religion was the joy of his life. In the Church, and in Christian fellowship he found real happiness. When death took from him his partner—one who had been with him in his days of struggle—his faith but seemed to become greater, strengthened by the hope that the mystic union would be consummated in heaven. 

The interment in Newbiggin churchyard was conducted by Revs. J. Taws, J.C. Sutcliffe, and Mr. William Proudlock. He leaves one son, who is abroad, and two daughters, who will carry on the work.


Thomas was born on 13 August 1834 at Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, to parents John and Mary. He was baptised on 17 September 1834 at Newcastle upon Tyne.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Thomas.

  • 1871 railway engine driver
  • 1901 engineman
  • 1911 retired engineman pumping engine

He married Ann Wildridge Clifton (abt1834-1910) on 25 December 1856 at Holy Trinity, Hull, Yorkshire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Joseph Clifton (1858-1932) – a colliery weigh man (1901); emigrated to USA in 1906
  • Diana (1861-1926) – married William Walton, an insurance agent (1911), in 1894
  • Margaret (1866-1957) – a schoolmistress (1891); married Charles Randall Senior, an insurance company superintendent (1911), in 1894

Thomas died on 25 May 1915 at Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/918

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Thomas was very elusive when it came to census returns!

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