Bateman, Thomas Salmon (1842-1903)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1903

Early years

Thomas was born on the 4 November 1842 in Chorley, nr Wrenbury, Cheshire. He was the son of Thomas Bateman , a local preacher from Wrenbury, who was the President of the PM Conference in 1857 and1867.

Thomas was converted early in his life and was speaking in public when aged 14.


His obituary records that Thomas was a man of strong convictions and deep sincerity, loyal to duty, generous and sympathetic, ever the Christian gentleman, and worthy of the honoured name he bore.

He had exceptional business qualities, a clear judgement, a shrewd appreciation of men and things.

As a preacher he was highly esteemed. All his wide reading he made to contribute to the efficiency of his ministry. he stood in the old paths. He faithfully declared the great doctrines of the evangelical faith.

Thomas served as District Building Committee Secretary for many years whilst residing at Dudley.


Thomas married Hannah Birley Somerset (1850-1921) in 1870. Census returns identify six children.

  • Thomas Somerset (1871-1939) – a schoolmaster, becoming a headteacher and Anglican priest.
  • Arthur Vincent (1875-1926) – a school teacher
  • Mabel Ruth (1878-1956) – a governess
  • Hannah Birley (1879-1921)
  • Jabez Birley (1882-1951) – a bank clerk
  • Robert Allen (1885-1959) – a barrister

Thomas died on 2 April 1903 at Banbury.


  • 1861 Liverpool
  • 1864 Liverpool lll
  • 1865 Oldham l
  • 1867 Rochdale
  • 1869 Bradwell
  • 1870 Chester
  • 1871 Stalybridge
  • 1873 Barrow in Furness
  • 1879 Manchester ll
  • 1880 Colnbrook
  • 1883 Dartford
  • 1885 Dudley
  • 1894 Lichfield
  • 1895 Windsor
  • 1902 Banbury


Primitive Methodist Magazine  1903/994

PM Minutes 1903/994

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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