Jackson, Thomas (1855-1915)

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

Thomas Jackson of Blackburn died November 22nd, 1915. Born into a Christian home on January 7th, 1855, early in life he became a member of our Church at Branch Road. A voracious reader, he made the most of his opportunities of getting knowledge, and qualified for positions of usefulness in the Church. He became a local preacher in his nineteenth year, in which capacity he served to within a few months of his death. He held the diploma of the Sunday School Union for twenty-five years’ continuous service as a teacher. Our brother was also deeply interested in all movements pertaining to the well-being of his fellow countrymen. 

On December 12th, 1875, he was married to Alice Kenyon, and for nearly forty years. they lived most happily together. Towards the end he suffered most acutely, but without a murmur. He leaves a widow and grown-up family to mourn his loss. Mr. Jackson was held in high esteem by all who knew him, evidence of which was given by the large concourse of people who were present at his interment in Blackburn Cemetery on November 28th. A memorial service was held in Branch Road Church on November 29th, conducted by the minister. Resolutions of sympathy and appreciation were passed at the Quarterly Meeting. May the God of all grace comfort and sustain the sorrowing is our prayer. 


Thomas was born on 7 January 1855 at Blackburn, Lancashire, to parents Thomas, a labourer (1861), and Jane. He was baptised on 11 February 1855 at Blackburn.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Thomas.

  • 1871 bobbin turner
  • 1881 wood turner
  • 1891 wood turner
  • 1901 wood turner
  • 1911 wood turner

He married Alice Kenyon (1853-1935) on 12 December 1875 at Blackburn, Lancashire. Census returns identify nine children.

  • William Kenyon (1876-1955) – cotton weaver (1911)
  • Joseph (1877-1954) – wood turner (1901)
  • Jane (1879-1909) – cotton weaver (1901); married James William Prescott in 1906
  • Ruth (1882-1980) – cotton weaver (1901)
  • Elizabeth Alice (1883-1971) – cotton weaver (1901); married James Marsh, a power loom overseer (1911), in 1904
  • Eva (1885-1933) – cotton weaver (1901); married Joseph Carter, a baker (1911), in 1906
  • Rachel (1887-1955) – cotton weaver (1901)
  • Gertrude (1889-1958) – cotton weaver (1911); married William Thomas Molyneux, a railway signalman (1921), in 1914
  • Alice (b1892) – cotton weaver (1911)

Thomas died on 22 November 1915 at Blackburn, Lancashire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/248

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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