Bennett, Thomas (1822-1919)
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