Maylott, David Thomas (1842-1916)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1896
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916

Early years

David was born on 9 October 1842 at Kidderminster to parents Henry and Eliza. Henry was a tinplate worker. David also worked in the same trade until he became a minister.

David was converted aged 10 during a prayer meeting. At the age of 14 David was addressing Temperance Meetings. Within a year he was on the plan of the South Staffordshire Temperance Union. At the age of 17 he went on the Bilston circuit plan as an exhorter.


The article in the 1871 Primitive Methodist Magazine provides extracts from David’s journal covering his journey from Liverpool to Lagos in Nigeria on the SS Lagos commencing 24 May 1870.

After returning home from Africa, where David founded the San Carlos Mission, he remained a strong advocate for continued Missionary Work in Africa, especially at the 1873 conference where continued work in Africa was under threat.

David was particularly associated with the building of two chapels; Prince’s Avenue in Liverpool and the West Hampstead in London.


David married Susannah Cooper (1842-1875) in the summer of 1866 at Wolverhampton. Staffordshire.

David married Ellen Douglas in the summer of 1878 at Liverpool. Census returns identify one child. Ellen died circa 1882 at the San Carlos mission.

  • Lillian Ellen Douglas (1880-1952) – a shorthand clerk; married John Howard

David married Isabella Woodward (1843-1913) in the spring of 1883 at Oldham, Lancashire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Vida Bella Mabel (1884-1974) – a shorthand clerk
  • Clara Eliza W M (1886-1966) – a shorthand clerk

David died on 2 January 1916 at Hampstead, London.


  • 1862 Bradwell
  • 1864 St Helens
  • 1865 Liverpool I
  • 1867 Northwich
  • 1868 Lymm
  • 1870 Bolton
  • 1871 Northwest Bay
  • 1872 St George’s Bay
  • 1873 Mission Committee
  • 1874 Oldham I
  • 1876 Liverpool I
  • 1880 London III
  • 1881 St Isabel
  • 1882 Over Darwen
  • 1884 Walkden
  • 1898 Kentish Town
  • 1899 W Hampstead
  • 1900 Kentish Town (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1871/692; 1896/883; 1916/330

PM Minutes 1916/282

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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