Crompton, Thomas (1817-1886)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1860 | Copy provided by Steven Carter
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1860
Copy provided by Steven Carter

Thomas was born on 10 February 1817 at Bury.

Ministry

Semple records that the Primitive Methodists in Canada ran a Theological Institute in Toronto from 1867 to 1870. Thomas Crompton provided training in theology and pastoral duties. However, the Institute was financially destitute and never well patronised because the church could not allow its ministers to absent themselves from circuit work. The Primitive Methodists returned to local itinerant supervision of probationer training.

Family

Thomas married Martha Blackburn (1816-1890) on 10 Jul 1839 at Ingham, Lincolnshire. They sailed to USA on 13 September 1855 en route to Canada. Census records identify nine children.

  • Mary Ann (1841-1936) – married Walter Reid
  • Thomas (b1843) – a merchant
  • Edwin Blackburn (1846-1929) – a storekeeper
  • Frederick (1848-1927) – a corset manufacturer
  • Jane Elizabeth (b1850 – married William John Ramsey, a commercial traveller
  • Sarah Louise (1853-1948) – married James Harvey Mattice (mother of Hortense M Gordon, a well-known Canadian painter).
  • Eliza E (b1856) – a milliner
  • James Henry (b1857) – a jeweller
  • Julia Anne (1862-1912) – an accountant; married Edmund Herbert Edwards, a book-keeper

Thomas died on 24 April 1886 at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Circuits

  • 1836 Malton
  • 1837 York (6 mths)
  • 1837 Tadcaster (6 mths)
  • 1838 Sheffield
  • 1840 Burton on Trent
  • 1841 Driffield
  • 1842 London
  • 1844 Malton
  • 1845 Wakefield
  • 1847 Bradford
  • 1849 Thirsk
  • 1850 Burnley
  • 1852 York
  • 1853 disappears
  • 1856 Darlington (Canada)
  • 1857 Etobicoke
  • 1861 London
  • 1863 Markham
  • 1866 Editor
  • 1868 Education Tutor
  • 1870 Editor
  • 1871 Barrie (Sup)

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1859/757 (wife); 1886/626

N Semple, The Lord’s Dominion: The History of Canadian Methodism

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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