Williams, Thomason (1816-1837)


(St. Austell Circuit)

Thomason, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Williams, was born on the sea coast, in the parish of St. Austell.  Her parents, being pious members of our connexion, endeavoured to train up their children in the fear of the Lord; so that previous to her conversion Thomason was moral, and well-behaved.  In 1834 she became a constant hearer in the P. M. chapel at St. Austell.  he word reached her heart; and the gospel became the power of God unto her salvation; she joined the society and continued a member till death, which was about three years and nine months.  She was a dressmaker, and was much respected in the circle of her friends and employers; was a person of few words and an ornament to society.

On the Wednesday previous to her death she observed how happy she was, and that all was well between Goad and her soul.  On the Saturday evening, at a prayer meeting, she appeared happy in God, and expressed herself as having a closer walk with him.

On Sunday morning, Nov. 5, 1837, she rose and took her breakfast as usual, and attended her class.  But, during the meeting, she was seized with a violent pain and cramp.  She immediately rose up and left the chapel, in order to go home, which was about a quarter of a mile.  From the time she was taken ill, she, in about one hour, departed this life, in the twenty-first year of her age.  Well might it be said, “In the midst of life we are in death.”  And,

“Dangers stand thick through all the ground,
To push us to the tomb;
And fierce diseases wait around,
To hurry mortals home.”

Her sudden removal has caused a great quickening.  I improved her death, at the request of her friends and the society, on Sunday, Nov. 12, 1837.  Many were not able to get into the chapel.  Divine power attended, and cries for mercy were heard in almost every part of the chapel; the meeting continued till a late hour, and six or seven professed to he converted to God.

On the Monday evening I preached again, and several more professed to find the Lord. O may he ride on gloriously.

W. Wigley

( Approved by the quarter day.)


Primitive Methodist Magazine, 1838.  Pages 428-429.



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