Wilcock, Thomas (1841-1914)

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

Penyffordd Society (Buckley Circuit) has sustained an incalculable loss by the death of Mr. Thomas Wilcock, which took place on Wednesday, March 11th. Mr. Wilcock was born seventy-two years ago, and in early manhood he surrendered himself to Jesus Christ.  A member of the Church for nearly fifty years, he had a record of over forty years’ unbroken official connection with our Penyffordd Society. 

Though of a quiet and retiring disposition, he rendered efficient and faithful service as society steward, Sunday-school teacher, etc. Genial and kindly, saintly in character and wise in counsel, he exercised a gracious influence both in the Church and in the village. Much sympathy is felt for the widow and family. 

The funeral, at which Rev. W. Watson officiated, was largely attended. On March 15th the memorial service was conducted by Rev. James E. Phillipson.


Thomas was born abt1841 at Hawarden, Flintshire, to parents Edward, a labourer (1841), and Ann.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Thomas.

  • 1851 scholar
  • 1861 agricultural labourer
  • 1871 labourer at oil works
  • 1881 labourer in oil works
  • 1891 general labourer
  • 1901 labourer
  • 1911 road labourer county

He married Eliza Jones (1844-1926) in early 1864 in the Great Boughton Registration District, Cheshire. Census returns identify seven children.

  • Edward (b1865) – insurance agent (1891&1901)
  • Ann Jane (1870-1910) – married John Edward Owens, a ships carpenter, in 1896
  • Eliza (1874-1963) – married Alexander Robertson Montgomery, an ordinance surveyor typer (1901), in 1900
  • Richard (1876-1957) – gardener (1891); machine tenter in finishing department in bobbin works (1911)
  • Amy (1878-1959) – married Joseph Davies, a bricklayer (1911), in 1900
  • Walter (1879-1906) – a blacksmith’s apprentice (1901)
  • Ada (b1883)

Thomas died on 11 March 1914 at Penyffordd, Flintshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/330 (2)

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