Clamp, Thomas (1853-1925)
Thomas was born on 20 August 1853 at Tipton, Staffordshire, to parents John and Jane. John was a coal miner. Thomas was the eldest of a family of eleven. He started work on a coal mine surface aged nine; five days a week each of 12 hours for half a crown.
More than once, Thomas was treated by Conference as an emergency man, and hurriedly sent on a forlorn hope. That was the case at Battersea, where an acute crisis had arisen. In four years the circuit chapel was saved from sale. Immanuel Church, at West Brixton, was purchased at a cost of £2,800 and the Dorset Road Church was built.
Thomas served as Secretary of the Scriptural Holiness Union, and in 1914 was its president.
When he retired, Thomas moved to Gnosall, Staffordshire. He had difficulty in finding a house to live in and willed the property to the Preachers’ Friendly Society for the use of a superannuated minister. In retirement, he spent two years as Free Church Chaplain at Stafford Mental Hospital.
Thomas married Mary Ann Morris (abt1851-1924) in early 1883 at Lichfield, Staffordshire.
Thomas died on 27 December 1925 at Stafford Infirmary, Staffordshire.
- 1878 Leominster & Weobly
- 1881 Bishop’s Castle
- 1883 Knighton
- 1885 Weobly
- 1888 Madeley
- 1891 Bromsgrove
- 1895 Brierley Hill
- 1896 Battersea & Brixton
- 1900 Leeds III
- 1903 Otley
- 1906 Ludlow
- 1909 Cheadle
- 1913 Stafford
- 1916 Whitchurch
- 1920 Stafford (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/338
PM Minutes 1926/257
The Primitive Methodist 1900/177
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers