Dowson, Thomas (1866-1943)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920

Early years

Thomas was born in 1866 at Welton, nr Pickering, Yorkshire to parents Thomas and Jane. Thomas, senior, was a joiner, grocer and was a local preacher.

Thomas was converted when sixteen years of age. A passion for preaching soon developed, but Thomas shrank at first from the frequently expressed call to enter the ministry. He worked as a joiner and coachbuilder before entering the ministry.


His obituary records that Thomas was always a fervent evangelist, and many were converted through his preaching. During his retirement it was to him a great trial that, owing to a throat affection, he was seldom able to preach. He was also a faithful and loving pastor.

Thomas served as District Secretary of the Orphan Homes Committee and District Secretary of the Bradford and Halifax District.

Thomas took a lively interest in all that pertained to social welfare, and during his ministry at Pateley Bridge was a member of the Rural District Council, heading the poll in 1919.


Thomas married Sarah Jane Bowes (1869-1952) in the summer of 1895 at Kirby Moorside. Census returns identify two of three children.

  • Evelyn Rhoda (1897-1984) – a French teacher; married James Stanley Gow, a PM Minister, in 1921
  • Irene Mary (1899-1976) – married George Maurice Lumley, a railway clerk, in 1928

Thomas died on 29 April 1943 at Harrogate, Yorkshire.


  • 1892 York I
  • 1893 Crowle
  • 1895 Scotter
  • 1898 Barnsley II
  • 1902 Morecambe
  • 1905 Otley
  • 1909 Mirfield
  • 1913 Heckmondwike
  • 1916 Pateley Bridge
  • 1923 Knaresborough
  • 1924 Howden
  • 1928 Pickering (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920/856

Methodist Minutes 1943/134

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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