Doody, Thomas (1825-1874)


A transcription of his obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine is attached. The author, Edward Kershaw, provides the following assessment of his character.

“There were several traits in him worthy of our imitation. Among these we may mention his humbleness of mind—his uprightness of conduct—his love for the means of grace—his attachment to the connexion—his cheerful disposition—his liberality of soul—his power in prayer, and his diligence and punctuality in business matters.

In his study, public labours, family visiting, and circuit management he displayed industry and method, diligence and order. Duty was his delight, and he was always employed. He was highly esteemed as a man of worth by those who knew him best. He was a good man, an eminent Christian—a sincere Primitive Methodist—a devoted minister and an excellent colleague. He was also a true hearted friend, a loving husband, and a most affectionate father.”


Thomas was born on 16 August 1825 at Leith, Scotland.

He trained as a tailor before entering the ministry.

He married Anna Maria Gostling (1831-1873) in early 1855 at Bedford, Bedfordshire. Census returns and birth records identify six children.

  • Margaret (1856-1910) – a milliner’s apprentice (1871); a domestic help (1901)
  • Mary (1858-1908) – married John Mackinnell, a merchant, in 1878
  • Sarah (1860-1862)
  • William (1863-1863)
  • David (1865-1950) – an accountant (1911)
  • Ellen (b1869)

He married Charlotte Elizabeth Gostling (1837-1916), sister of Anna Maria,  in the summer of 1873 at Manchester, Lancashire.

Thomas died on 15 October 1874 at Southport, Lancashire.


  • 1850 Deal & Dover
  • 1851 Bedford
  • 1852 Settle
  • 1854 Chatham & Gravesend
  • 1855 Chatham
  • 1857 Stalybridge
  • 1859 Bradwell
  • 1862 Birkenhead
  • 1864 Bacup
  • 1866 Oldham II
  • 1869 Preston
  • 1871 Manchester I
  • 1873 Southport


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1875/371

PM Minutes 1875/10

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Transcription of Obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

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  • It seems that Thomas Doody 1825-1874 was the son of William and Margaret Doody.
    William Doody died 29 Oct 1863 at Lilleshall, Shropshire – his probate mentions his son Thomas.
    Margaret Doody (Mrs) died 7 Dec 1839, and her obituary is included in the 1841 Prim Meth Magazine page 470.
    Margaret Doody was born in Dublin, in August 1792. Her father and mother died when she was an infant. She was sent to school in Dublin till she was about ten years of age; she was then taken by a lady, under whose kind care she remained till she was sixteen years of age. 
She then came to London, and from thence went to live with a family at Woolwich, in Kent, where she remained until she was married to the man she has now left with four children, to lament their loss. 
From an early period of life she was the subject of divine impressions, but was never brought to the saving knowledge of the truth until she came to Church Aston. When that places was missioned, she opened her house of the preachers, and I have heard her say many times she had reason to bless God that ever she did so, for the Lord had opened her heart, and she could set to her seal that God, for Christ’s sake, had pardoned her sins. She dated her conversion from April 5, 1833, from which time she was a real primitive christian. She has been heard to say, that she never asked any thing of the Lord, but she was sure to receive what she prayed for. She prayed from the commencement of her illness that her last words might be sounding the praises of Jesus. Two days before she died, she called her husband to her bedside, and said, “I have some thing to say to you, William. I am soon going to leave you; and you must be good to my poor children. You are prepared for my death, but they are not. Be kind to them. But I know you will; and the Lord will bless you for my sake; and the Lord will surely bless the children; and now I tell you the Lord will answer my prayer, that is, that my last words will be sounding the praises of Jesus.” Mary Johnson, local preacher, called to see her, and asked how she was. She said, “All is well. I shall soon be with Jesus, and she then repeated, 

    “There I shall bathe my weary soul
    In seas of heavenly rest,

    And not a wave of trouble roll
    Across my peaceful breast.”

    Thus died Margaret Doody, triumphant in the Lord, December 7, 1839.
 Mary Johnson, Wrockwardine Wood Circuit.

    By Claire (30/01/2022)

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