Hobson, Thomas (1814-1901)
Thomas was born on 1 July 1814 at Louth, Lincolnshire. His parents were Primitive Methodists. His father died when Thomas was 5. His mother was a class leader at Louth.
Thomas was converted aged 15 and started immediately to teach in Sunday School. He became a local preacher at the age of 18.
Thomas’ first appointment was to mission Buxton and Chelmorton in Derbyshire. Kendall reports that he, like others before him, had mixed success.
During his ministry, Thomas superintended the erection of 15 chapels, 2 schoolrooms and one minister’s house.
His obituary records that as a preacher he was very attractive. he was a complete master of illustration and rhetoric, and was very popular in his palmy days, and much sought after for anniversaries and special services.
Thomas married Ellen Scarcliff (1809-1878). Records identify two children.
- Thomas (b1846)
- Henry (b1848)
Thomas died on 9 May 1901 at Stroud, Gloucestershire.
- 1834 Winster
- 1836 Sheffield
- 1837 Oldham
- 1838 Blackburn
- 1840 Pillowell
- 1844 Luton
- 1848 Bath
- 1853 Stroud
- 1857 Hereford
- 1861 Pontypool
- 1863 Bristol
- 1866 Chippenham
- 1868 Swansea
- 1871 Hereford
- 1873 Chippenham
- 1877 Stroud
- 1886 Stroud (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1902/63
PM World 1900/472
PM Minutes 1901/22
H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1, p529
W Leary,Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers