Wright, Thomas (1839-1912)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912

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

Born at Aldersey seventy-three years ago, Thomas Wright early in life dedicated himself to God. He had the honour of being one of the founders of our Alpraham and Bunbury Sunday Schools, and worked hard for the erection of the present chapel at Alpraham in 1882. He was a trustee of this property, and of that at Bunbury and  Wettenhall.

Always eager for the prosperity of the Church, he must have collected hundreds of pounds on its behalf. His later years were spent in membership with Wettenhall Society, and he was Superintendent of the Sunday School until the day of his death. He had the buoyancy, the hope, the gentleness and geniality of a man unspoiled and unembittered by the multifarious experiences of a long lifetime.  He was diligent in business, given to hospitality, constant in kindly ministries. 

He was interred in Bunbury churchyard, Mar, 23rd. A memorial service was held on the 31st.


Thomas was born abt1839 at Aldersey, Cheshire, to parents William, a labourer, and Sarah.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Thomas.

  • 1851 errand boy
  • 1861 agricultural labourer
  • 1871 agricultural labourer
  • 1881 carter
  • 1891 farmer
  • 1901 farmer
  • 1911 farmer

He married Martha (1837-1900) on 23 January 1861 at Bunbury, Cheshire. Census returns identify eleven children.

  • Elizabeth (b1861)            
  • William (1863-1945) – a farmer (1911)
  • Joseph (1865-1942) – auctioneer & valuer (1911)
  • Sarah (b1867) – married Lewis Evans in 1908
  • Thomas (1869-1953) – working on father’s farm 91911)
  • Annie (1871-1954) – married Richard Carr, a cattle dealer, in1893
  • Prudence Mary (1874-1944) – married Edward Yates, a retired boot & shoe dealer (1939), in 1916
  • Clara (1876-1914) – a children’s industrial nurse in workhouse (1901); married John Arthur New, a journeyman tailor (1911), in 1907           
  • Ada (1878- – married Frederick Randle Major in 1904; emigrated to Canada in 1927
  • Florence (1881-1952) – a dairy farmer (1939)           
  • Lena (1883-1967) – married Charlie Abbott, a postal clerk (1939), in 1915

Thomas died in March 1912 at Wettenhall, Cheshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/829

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