Jackson, Thomas (1844-1915)

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

Thomas Jackson, of Bank End, Silsden, was a member and local preacher for upwards of fifty years, and for many years took a very deep interest in the Sunday school. He was also a trustee for our splendid pile of buildings. His services as a local preacher were sought after by all the Methodist and Free Churches in these Dales; he was homely and plain, but most eloquent with his rugged Yorkshire provincialism, but withal most convincing, and as a preacher he invariably won decisions for his Master. 

We are sorry at his departure. His last act was to read the sudden and tragic departure of Dr. Mitchell, and he expressed a wish to be called home in much the same way. And God granted his request, for quite suddenly he passed to the higher life and service on February 28th, 1915. He was interred in the cemetery at Silsden, but the influence of his saintly life is still with us. 


Thomas was born on 5 October 1844 at Silsden, Yorkshire, to parents George Jackson, who worked the land (1851), and Mary. He was baptised on 17 November 1844 at Silsden.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Thomas.

  • 1851 scholar
  • 1861 nail maker
  • 1871 nail maker
  • 1881 farmer of 18 acres
  • 1891 farmer
  • 1901 farmer
  • 1911 farmer grazer

He married Judith Margaret Berry (1846-1910) in late 1867  in the Skipton Registration District, Yorkshire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Mary (1868-1895) – weaver of woollen cloth (1891)
  • Priscilla (1871-1920) – dressmaker (1891&1901); farmer’s daughter – dairy work (1911)
  • John Stanley (1878-1943) – farmer’s son working on farm (1911); farmer (1921)

Thomas died on 28 February 1915 at Silsden, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/827

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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