Newsome, Thomas (1821-1887)
Thomas was born on 3 February 1821 at Morley, Yorkshire. His parents were connected with the Wesleyans. His father died when Thomas was six years old.
Thomas was converted at the age of 13. He went to live with an older brother who was a Primitive Methodist and so joined the PM society. He soon became a local preacher.
At the age of 17, Thomas was sent to Scotland as a missionary. For a short time he laboured with great success and acceptability. However he felt his youth and inexperience and returned to England. In 1839 he became a probationary minister in Halifax.
Reading his obituary one gets the impression that the writer felt that Thomas didn’t entirely fulfil his early promise as a preacher. He appeared to lack self esteem and confidence which held him back. A large family and small salary also prevented him from aquiring such a library as he needed to develop.
His preaching was not contraversial or doubtful or merely speculative; it was positive , pointed and practical. Thomas much preferred devotional meetings to those concerned with business!
Thomas married Elizabeth Wood (1826-1915) in the summer of 1845 at Driffield, Yorkshire. Census returns identify ten children.
- Mary (1848-1929) – married William Allen, an ironmonger
- Thomas Wood (1850-1826) – a medical dispenser
- William Henry (1851-1851)
- William Ferrand (b1854)
- John Francis (1857-1919) – a draper
- Annie Kate (b1859)
- Henry James (1861-1925) – a grocer
- Elizabeth (1865-1890)
- Rosa (1866-1944) – a music teacher
- Charles Edward (1868-1877)
Thomas died on 11 December 1887 at Hull, Yorkshire.
- 1838 Edinburgh
- 1839 Halifax
- 1840 Driffield
- 1842 Hull
- 1843 Barton on Humber
- 1844 Hull
- 1845 Brigg
- 1847 Scarborough
- 1850 London ll
- 1853 Hull ll
- 1856 Doncaster
- 1859 Scotter
- 1861 Market Rasen
- 1863 Hornsea
- 1866 Hull l
- 1869 Driffield
- 1873 Winterton
- 1876 Grimsby
- 1878 Scarborough
- 1881 Bridlington
- 1883 Richmond, Yorks
- 1885 Hull l
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1866 (portrait); 1889/306
PM Minutes 1888/8
W Leary,Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers