Adams, Thomas (1806-1880)

Primitive Methodist Magazine
Englesea Brook Museum ENBM 1990.21.18a

Thomas was born in Coleford circa 1806.


Antliff records that Thomas ‘ joined the Primitive Methodist Church in 1819, when about nineteen years of age, and entered the ministry four years afterwards. He laboured with great success in various parts of England, in the North of Ireland, and Wales. He appears to have got the impression that Canada offered a large sphere for usefulness, and, therefore, offered himself to the General Missionary Committee for Canada, he was accepted, and came to this country in 1844. His circuits were: Toronto, Etobicoke, Brampton, Reach, Guelph, Galt and Blenheim. He was honoured by being elected President of Conference, and his brethren loved him and reposed the utmost confidence in his piety and sound judgment. He was superannuated in 1865, and spent the last years of his life in Galt, and died in great triumph on November 26th, 1880.’


Thomas married Eleanor Corkhill on 6 April 1843 at Braddan, Isle of Man. She died in 1862. Census returns identify three children born in Canada.

  • Edward (b abt 1843)
  • Eleanor (b abt 1844)
  • Dorcas (b abt 1846)

Leary records that one daughter married a Mr Lazenby.

Thomas later married Mrs Anna Marsden, widow of the Rev Marsden and daughter of Capt. Pigley. She died in 1880.

Thomas died on 26 November 1880 at Galt, Ontario, Canada.


  • 1830 Brinkworth
  • 1832 Cwm
  • 1833 Birmingham
  • 1834 Prees
  • 1837 Oswestry
  • 1839 Lichfield
  • 1842 Tunstall
  • 1843 to Canada
  • 1844 Niagara
  • 1845 Brampton
  • 1846 Etobicoke
  • 1848 Reach & Whitby
  • 1850 Reach
  • 1851 Galton & Blenheim
  • 1854 Walpole
  • 1855 Paris & Brent
  • 1858 Guelph
  • 1861 Galt
  • 1863 Macgillivray
  • 1864 Chatham
  • 1866 Chatham (Sup)
  • 1867 Guelph


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1863/526; 1881/492

Rev. J. Cooper Antliff, Centennial of Canadian Methodism: Historical Sketch of the Primitive Methodist Church in Canada

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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