Powell, Thomas (1816-1896)
Thomas was born on 21 December 1816 at Hereford. He was converted in 1833 when PM missionaries visited Hereford.
His obituary records that on his stations Thomas realised great success in building chapels, raising money and saving men.
He was blessed with a fine and commanding presence, a firm and practical mind. His preaching was Evangelical, instructive and interesting. His superintendency was marked by great earnestness, painstaking method, perfect mastery of detail, impartial treatment of men, and abiding loyalty to the connexion.
Thomas married Lydia Lewis (1826-1876) of Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Census returns identify two children.
- Mary Eliza (1859-1921) – married Thomas Harry Wiggins, a shipping agent. (Note: appears as Mary Jane after her marriage.)
- William James Lewis (1863-1957) – a dairy farmer (known as Lewis)
Thomas married Mary Ann Toogood (1824-1892), a widow from Glastonbury in 1878.
Thomas died on 29 July 1896 at Southampton, Hampshire.
- 1844 Glastonbury
- 1845 Frome
- 1846 Redruth
- 1848 Salisbury
- 1850 Cranborne
- 1851 Newbury
- 1854 Leamington
- 1855 Southampton
- 1857 Brinkworth
- 1858 Malmesbury
- 1860 Motcombe
- 1863 Brinkworth
- 1867 Southampton
- 1870 Banbury
- 1873 Motcombe
- 1878 Swindon
- 1883 Southampton (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1872 (portrait); 1878/185 (Lydia)
PM Minutes 1897/29
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers