Bennett, Thomas (1822-1919)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1876
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919

Early Years

Thomas was born on 5 Nov 1822 at Ashley, Staffordshire to parents Robert and Mary. He was baptised on 10 November 1822 at Ashley.

Thomas was converted when 15 or 16 at a camp meeting where Hugh Bourne was present. At the same meeting, his father was also converted. Thomas soon became an exhorter and then a local preacher.


His obituary records that in all his circuits lasting results were gained; not by any master strokes of genius, for Mr Bennett never laid claim to exceptional ability or outstanding gifts. His power lay in a faculty for multiplied industry. Genial in disposition, self forgetful in service, painstaking in detail, he did a good deal in chapel building and in laying the spiritual and moral foundations of the Church.


Thomas married Ann Johnson (1823-1900) in the spring of 1852 at Saffron Walden, Essex. Census returns identify one child.

  • Mary Maria (1856-1940) – married James Turner Bibby, a commercial traveller

Thomas died on 7 Feb 1919 at Southport, Lancashire.


  • 1847 Newtown & Welshpool
  • 1849 St Austell
  • 1850 Saffron Walden
  • 1853 Lancaster
  • 1855 Calder Bank
  • 1858 Edinburgh
  • 1860 Lancaster
  • 1864 Bradwell
  • 1867 Oldham l
  • 1869 Bacup
  • 1871 Liverpool lll
  • 1872 Preston Brook
  • 1873 Buckley
  • 1876 Southport
  • 1879 Over Darwen
  • 1880 Southport (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1876 (portrait); 1902/147 (Ann); 1919/508

PM Minutes 1919/249

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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