Bailey, Thomas (1819-1849)

Thomas was born on 21 December 1819 at Breccles, Norfolk. His parents were farmers and not of a church background.

He was converted at the age of eleven and at fourteen became a member of a praying company. He progressed through being an exhorter to local preacher status. In this role he was very active, often being planned every Sunday in a quarter.

His obituary records his progress as a travelling preacher. In the pulpit, while he defended the doctrines of the Gospel against the attacks of infidelity, and shivered the framework of hypocrisy and formalism, he did not neglect to preach repentance, faith, and holiness of heart, as necessary to the attainment of everlasting life. His enlightenment of the minds of his hearers did not set aside powerful applications of Scripture truths to their consciences. 

Being sympathetic, he never came in contact with the poor and afflicted without making some effort to mitigate their sufferings and soothe their sorrows. 

Thomas died on 5 November 1849 at Upwell, Cambridgeshire.


  • 1844 Lynn
  • 1845 Wangford
  • 1846 Cambridge
  • 1849 Upwell


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1850/133

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Transcription of Obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

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