Maxwell, Thomas (1848-1914)

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

Primitive Methodism in the Aspatria district of West Cumberland has just sustained a severe loss by the death of Mr. Thomas Maxwell, which took place at his residence at Aspatria on February 19th, 1914.

Deceased was of quiet, unassuming manners, and his fidelity to the Church in all stages of its development was characteristic of the man. Mr. Maxwell’s life counted much with his friends and neighbours, and in the home he was seen at his best. He was born at Parsonby, Cumberland, in September, 1848. Removing in 1865 to Chapel Row, near Workington, he was converted, and again removing to Blennerhassett, he joined our Church. Later he became a local preacher and, together with other members of his family, helped to establish our Church at Moresby Parks, where he next resided. Finally he settled in Aspatria, where he was well known and highly respected. 

Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell have had a large family, most of whom are actively associated with our Church, and they have had many expressions of sympathy in their great loss.


Thomas was born in September 1848 at Plumbland, nr. Parsonby, Cumberland, to parents John Maxwell, a lime quarryman (1861), and Margaret Crosthwaite.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Thomas.

  • 1861 coal miner
  • 1881 coal miner
  • 1891 coal carter
  • 1901 general carter
  • 1911 coal agent

He married Mary Harker (1855-1914) in early 1874 in the Wigton Registration District, Cumberland. Census returns identify twelve children.

  • Margaret Elizabeth (1875-1906) – married Moses Ritson in 1905
  • Rachel (1876-1925) – married William Robert Graham, a railway porter (1911), in 1895
  • James Harker (b1878) – a general carter (1911); coal agent (1939)
  • John William (1881-1882)
  • Sarah (1882-1972) – married George Little, a coal miner 91911), in 1907
  • Mary Ann (b1884) – a general servant (domestic) (1901)
  • Agnes (1886-1965) – a servant (1911); married Thomas Edward Curwen, an iron moulder (1921), in 1914
  • Georgina (1889-1957) – married Harrison Parkin, a railway goods guard (1911), in 1908
  • Emma Harkness (1890-1946) – elementary school teacher (1911); married William Fell, a coal hewer (1921), in 1913
  • Ruth (1892-1968) – in domestic service (1939)
  • Thomas (1894-1918) – apprentice railway clerk (1911); died in WW1
  • George Henry (1896-1961) – apprentice to boot making (1911); bootmaker, repairer & dealer (1939)

Thomas died on 19 February 1914 at Aspatria, Cumberland.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/574

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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