Judson, Thomas (1844-1909)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by A Surtees 

Mr. Thomas Judson was born at Broxa, Hackness, July 11th, 1844, and very early came under religious influences. His grandfather was a class-leader in the village; his mother was a member of our Church, and opened her house for preaching services for a considerable period.

When quite young our brother worked as a woodman on Lord Derwent’s estate, Hackness, and he with several others (also Primitive Methodists) used to hold prayer meetings during  dinner-hour, making the woods ring with their praises to God. In 1871 he became a local preacher, and for 38 years rendered faithful and acceptable service. He came to Winsley Farm, Burnt Yates, in 1883, and at once identified himself with our Clapham Green Society, about three miles distant, and though living at such a distance was regular in attendance when free from preaching, and for a time he and his family carried out the duties of caretaker. 

He was possessed of a fine spiritual fervour, and to attend his class at the close of a Sunday afternoon service was to receive a benediction. For nearly twelve years he held the position of Circuit Steward, and was keenly interested in all Circuit affairs. He held tenaciously what he conceived to be the truth and right, but his straightforward character and practical piety won him the highest respect.

He served on the District Council, and was a member of the Board of Guardians.

For some time he had been in failing health, but his death came as a surprise. He attended the service a fortnight before his decease, and passed peacefully home to God on Sunday, October 17th, 1909, in his sixty-sixth year. The funeral was conducted by Rev. A. Surtees amid tokens of great respect from the Circuit, and from Guardians and Councillors.


Thomas was born on 11 July 1844 at Broxa, Hackness. nr. Scarborough, Yorkshire, to parents William Judson, who worked the land (1851), and Mary Ann Hardwick.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Thomas.

  • 1851 scholar
  • 1871 labourer in woods
  • 1881 farm bailiff
  • 1891 farmer
  • 1901 farmer

He married Mary Kettlewell (1844-1870) in the spring of 1867 in the Great Ouseburn Registration District, Yorkshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • William (1868-1935) – a grocer’s manager (1901)
  • Mary (b1870) – a housekeeper (1911)

He married Jane Kettlewell (1850-1919) in early 1872 in the Scarborough Registration District, Yorkshire. Jane was Mary’s sister. Census returns identify one child.

  • Thomas Frederick (1885-1950) – a farmer (1911)

Thomas died on 17 October 1909 at Hartwith with Winsley, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/407

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