Windle, Thomas (1811-1898)

Transcription of Obituary In the Christian Messenger

THOMAS WINDLE was born at Nelson, in 1811, and died December 5th, 1898. When about twenty-seven years of age he removed to Ryecroft, in the Bingley circuit, where for 66 years he took a prominent part in that village cause. He was always fond of music, and took delight in training young people to sing. He was choir-master, and himself the composer of many beautiful tunes, besides being Sunday school teacher and class leader, &c.

Family and other information

Thomas was baptised on 4 September 1814 at Colne, Lancashire, at the same time as his sister. His parents were Christopher, a weaver, and Barbara.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Thomas.

  • 1841 worsted weaver
  • 1851 cotton warp dresser
  • 1861 warp twister
  • 1871 gardener
  • 1881 gardener
  • 1891 market gardener

Thomas married Jane Coulton (abt1813-1887) on 10 August 1834 at Bingley, Yorkshire. Census returns identify seven children.

  • William (1834-1900) – a warp dresser (1881)
  • Sarah (1837-1897) – married Bernard Whitaker, a stone waller (1891), in 1861
  • James (b abt1840)
  • Barbara (1841-1891) – a weaver (1861); married Thomas Scott in 1864
  • Edmund (1843-1909) – a shoemaker
  • Elizabeth (b1845) – a weaver (1871)
  • Martha Ann (1851-1915) – a weaver (1871); married Joseph Naylor, a baker, in 1876


Christian Messenger 1899/63

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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