Elliott, Thomas (1848-1925)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909

Early years

Thomas was born on 2 October 1848 at Wearhead. His parents died early and Thomas became the breadwinner for the family. He had to work in the lead mine from an early age, although following his conversion, he was able to make time for study.

Thomas was converted during a revival at Wearhead. Though he could not be examined, Rev. John Atkinson put him on the plan and afterwards arranged by guile ‘a trial sermon.’ After hearing his first sermon Mr. George Race, senior, designated him for the ministry, and afterwards did much to train him for it.


His obituary records that Thomas was a circuit minister in the absolute sense, finding in circuit life ample scope for the exercise of his fine abilities.

As a preacher he revealed his true worth. There was a wonderful grip in his public utterances. He had with him an unction that was long remembered by those to whom he ministered.

After superannuation, Thomas moved to reside in Northallerton. He continued carrying out pastoral duties until the day before his death.


Thomas married Margaret Wilson (1837-1913), a widow, in the summer of 1877 at Northallerton, Yorkshire.

Thomas married Rebecca Walburn in the summer of 1917 at Northallerton, Yorkshire.

Thomas died on 18 March 1925 at Northallerton, Yorkshire.


  • Sunderland
  • 1873 Brompton
  • 1876 Bishop Auckland
  • 1878 Stathes
  • 1880 Hetton
  • 1883 Shotley Bridge
  • 1887 Allendale
  • 1889 Shildon
  • 1893 Stockton
  • 1896 Lemington on Tyne
  • 1899 Crook
  • 1903 Ashington
  • 1905 Blackhill
  • 1908 New Shildon
  • 1913 Northampton (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909/843;

PM Minutes 1925/252

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

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