McKenzie, Thomas (1855-1932)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913

Early years

Thomas was born circa 1855 at Sheffield, Yorkshire to parents John and Agnes. John was an iron moulder.

The 1871 census shows Thomas working as a cabinet case maker.


As a preacher, Thomas was simple, sympathetic, eloquent, and thoughtful, with a style as clear and limpid as a mountain stream. Throughout his ministry his passion was for evangelism, in which he sang the Gospel as well as preached it.

His obituary records that open-air work was his delight. He was cheerful in disposition and had great kindness of heart.

Thomas served as Building Committee Secretary in the Nottingham District.


Thomas married Grace Thirza Adams (1856-1927) in the spring of 1882 at Edmonton, Middlesex. Census returns identify three children.

  • Elsie Grace (1883-1965) – married Albert Edwin Neale, a house furnisher (1932)
  • Daisy May (1886-1954) – married Ralph Grantham, assistant clerk to Board of Guardians (1911)
  • Thomas John (1893-1927) – a PM Minister

Thomas died on 14 October 1932 at Lincoln, Lincolnshire.


  • 1878 Wellingborough
  • 1879 London X
  • 1880 Grays
  • 1882 High Wycombe
  • 1885 Peterborough
  • 1888 Lincoln I
  • 1891 Sowerby Bridge
  • 1893 Littleborough
  • 1897 Grantham
  • 1902 Peterborough
  • 1906 Church Gresley
  • 1910 Derby
  • 1914 Grantham
  • 1919 Dewsbury
  • 1924 Lincoln (sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/590

Methodist Minutes 1933/243

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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