Wilson, Thomas (1846-1910)
Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by G. Annakin
Mr. Thomas Wilson began his earthly course in the village of Haughton, Yorkhire, 7th of September, 1846, and closed it somewhat suddenly at Brandon, in Suffolk, on the 25th of March, 1910, in the sixty-third year of his age.
About thirty years ago he sought and found salvation in our chapel at Selby. There he first became a member of our Church, and some time after began to serve as a local preacher, which work he continued to do with much credit to himself and real profit to others as long as health and strength would permit. Thirty years ago he came to Brandon, first connecting himself with people at Town Street, and afterwards at George Street. In each case he rendered good service, both in a spiritual and social sense.
For ten years, however, before his death he suffered from a painful internal complaint, which often prevented him from attending the means of grace, and from taking his wonted amount of preaching work. Still, he always kept a close fellowship with Christ, and did what he could to promote the welfare of the Redeemer’s kingdom.
For some years he took the Aldersgate Magazine, and read it with much pleasure and profit. A very charming and agreeable companion, it was a real joy to have an hour’s conversation with him. He was generous according to his means, and never forgot his quarterly contribution to the Circuit Fund, and sometimes, when not able to get to chapel himself, he sent along his contribution to the collection.
Some months before his death he had a painful seizure, from which he partially recovered, but when doing a little work in his garden on Good Friday he had a second stroke, which quickly terminated his life. May his sorrowing widow, children, and friends meet him again in the land of tearless glory and blessedness.
Thomas was born on 7 September 1846 at Aughton, Yorkshire, to parents Leonard, who worked the land (1861), and Jane.
Census returns identify the following occupations for Thomas.
- 1861 scholar
- 1871 blacksmith
- 1881 engine fitter
- 1891 blacksmith
- 1901 sawmill mechanic (engineer)
He married Emma Green, nee Rose (b abt1846) on 1 June 1873 at Aughton, nr. Selby, Yorkshire. Census returns identify one child.
- Thomas Frederick (b abt1883) – an outfitter’s assistant (1901); boot salesman (1911)
Thomas died on 25 March 1910 at Brandon, Suffolk.
The 1911 census return records that Emma was a certified midwife.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/914
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers
Note: Thomas was born at Aughton, not Haughton as written in the obituary.