Smithson, Thomas (1845-1914)

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

Seaham Harbour Circuit has recently sustained a distinct loss by the death of Bro. Thos. Smithson, who has been a Primitive Methodist for over fifty-three years. Never seeking position or publicity, he did his work quietly but faithfully. Trustee of two churches in the circuit and treasurer of one, he was always studying the financial interests of the church, and as class leader and worker in the Sunday school he was concerned about its spiritual upbuilding and the coming of the Kingdom of God. 

He had an ideal partner and helpmeet in life who seconded all his efforts in work for the Church, and she now greatly mourns her loss. Husband and wife were greatly devoted to each other, and in their home others found refuge and strength and training. 

At the funeral service in our Stewart Street Church, which was attended by a large number of people, Rev. Emerson Phillipson paid excellent tribute to his character and worth.


Thomas was born in the spring of 1845 at Wingate, Co. Durham, to parents George Smithson, a coal trimmer (1851), and Mary Bell. He was baptised on 30 May 1845 at Wingate, Co. Durham.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Thomas.

  • 1851 scholar
  • 1861 banksman at colliery
  • 1871 fitter
  • 1881 engine fitter
  • 1891 engine fitter
  • 1901 retired engine fitter
  • 1911 gentleman (private means)

He married Hannah Appleby (1847-1935) in early 1869 in the Sunderland Registration District, Co. Durham.

Thomas died on 25 August 1914 at Seaham, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/563

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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