Maw, Thomas (1819-1902)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1905

Transcription of Obituary in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

Thomas Maw was born at Haxey in the Isle of Axholme, on August 9th, 1819, and departed this life at Doncaster on November 15th, 1902.

He had the unspeakable advantage of pious parentage and was brought up in both the home and the Church amidst a spiritual atmosphere.

Under these circumstances we wonder not that he was early in life the subject of deep conviction regarding spiritual things, nor do we wonder that he became a mighty saint, and useful as a local preacher and a class leader. His earlier years of religious life were spent in association with the Wesleyan Church at Wrool, in the Epworth Circuit, but during the Reform Movement, he preferred our denomination, and so became a member, and remained with us until the end of his life.

For many years he was a useful class leader, and for more than fifty-two years a valuable local preacher.

He was largely instrumental in clearing away the debt upon the old Chapel at Wrool, and in the erection of the new one, besides rendering useful service otherwise. During the last few years of his life he resided in Doncaster, and as his strength permitted attended services in the Highfield Road Chapel. At length, after a busy and useful life, in fulness of faith he joined the Church triumphant.


Thomas was baptised on 10 August 1819 at Haxey, Lincolnshire. His parents were Thomas, a farmer, and Elizabeth.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Thomas.

  • 1851 farmer of 145 acres employing two labourers
  • 1861 farmer of 60 acres
  • 1871 farmer and landowner 60 acres
  • 1881 farmer 68 acres employing two servants
  • 1901 retired farmer

Thomas married Elizabeth Vause (b1821) on 21 November 1839 at Epworth, Lincolnshire.

Thomas married Elizabeth Townend (abt1818-1898) on 1 April 1841 at Doncaster, Yorkshire. Census returns identify ten children.

  • Ann Elizabeth (1842-1922) – married Thomas Brown, a farmer, in 1862
  • John Thomas (1843-1858)
  • Lucy Eliza (1845-1858)
  • Zachariah George (b1847) – a farmer; emigrated to USA circa 1880
  • Charles Henry (1849-1879) – a farmer (1876); died at sea
  • Isabella (1850-1938) – married George Noden, a farmer, in 1869
  • Rose Ann (1853-1933) – married Joseph John Hodson, a farmer, in 1876
  • Lavinia (b1856) – married William Grayson, a farmer, in 1877; married George Owen in 1899
  • Lucy Eliza (1858-1928) – married Charles Tanner, a hotel proprietor (1901), in 1883
  • Clara (1859-1947) – married Charles James Eynon, a chemist, in 1889

Thomas married Mary Ann Brears (abt1851-1911) on 16 January 1899 at St Mary, Harrogate, Yorkshire.

Thomas lived for many years at Wroot, not Wrool, as documented in the obituary.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1905/412

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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