Hadfield, Thomas (1810-1868)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1861 | Copy provided by Steven Carter
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1861
Copy provided by Steven Carter

Early Years

Thomas was born on 5 January 1810 at Doveholes, Derbyshire to parents John Hadfield and Peggy Hartle. He was baptised on 4 February 1810 at Peak Forest, Derbyshire. Thomas was converted through the preaching of an unknown female preacher at Chapel-le-Frith in 1828.


Thomas went on the plan in 1832 and worked as a local preacher for two years. He moved to Manchester during this time and joined with the Jersey St Society. He worked as a banksman at the coal pit. In 1835 he became a Primitive Methodist Town Missionary in Manchester and started to travel the following year, starting in Blackburn.

In his obituary he is described as ‘ an upright man, a sincere Christian and a zealous and successful minister’.


Thomas married Sarah Clayton on 3 April 1840 at St Mary Bury, Lancashire. She died on 14 April 1849 in the Isle of Man. They had two children.

  • James Bourne (1843-1878) – a warehouseman
  • John (d1851)

The 1851 census shows Thomas married to Margaret (1816-1861). They had two children

  • Thomas Alexander (1850-1852)
  • Sarah Margaret (1854-1863)

The obituary for Thomas in the Primitive Methodist Magazine says that Thomas left a widow and two sons to mourn him. This suggests that Thomas married again after the death of Margaret and one further son hasn’t been identified.

Thomas died on 27 February 1868 at Watford, Hertfordshire.


  • 1835 Manchester
  • 1836 Blackburn
  • 1837 Bury
  • 1838 Bolton
  • 1839 Keighley
  • 1840 Isle of Man
  • 1842 Silsden
  • 1844 Oldham
  • 1846 Chorley
  • 1847 Ramsey
  • 1849 Peel
  • 1850 Chester
  • 1853 Oldham
  • 1855 Stalybridge
  • 1856 Norwich
  • 1857 E Dereham
  • 1859 Ely
  • 1861 Kelsale
  • 1863 Marlborough
  • 1864 Spilsby
  • 1865 Diss
  • 1867 St Albans


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1849/584 (Sarah); 1861; 1868/486

PM Minutes 1868/11

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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