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)
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