Bright, Thomas (1858-1917)


Thomas was born on 13 November 1858 at Wem, Shropshire, to parents Thomas, a coachman, and Ann. He was baptised on 12 December 1858 at the Wem PM Chapel by Rev. William Edmund Saunders.

He married Edith Ellen Snell (1863-1940) in the summer of 1887 at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Census returns identify three children.

  • Frank Thomas (1888-1966)
  • Wilfrid James (1890-1978) – a school master (1939)
  • Muriel Edith (1893-1979) – married William Thomas Hinsley in 1920

The 1911 census records the family running a mineral water manufacturing company in 1911, whilst Thomas is recorded as a nonconformist minister.

Thomas died in early 1917 at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.


  • 1883 Bury
  • 1885 Bury St Edmunds
  • 1887 E Dereham
  • 1889 Norwich II
  • 1895 E Dereham
  • 1896 Ipswich & Hadleigh
  • 1901 Bury St Edmunds
  • 1911 ceased


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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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