A transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Wm. Taylor is attached. He records the following about Thomas’ early life.
“The Spirit of the Lord strove with him when young; and at the age of fifteen, he obtained the favour of God, cast in his lot among the Primitive Methodists, and continued for some time in a good way: but being young and inexperienced, the enemy of souls overcame him, and he lost his confidence in the Lord. But after a time, the Lord arrested him again by conviction. He then remembered from whence he had fallen, repented and did his first works; and the Lord again graciously manifested himself, healed Brother Roberts’s backsliding, and loved him freely: and from that time he gave proof of his sincerity by devotedness to God and zeal for his cause; he was respected among his brethren, and loved of God.”
Thomas was born in 1805 at Eaton, Cheshire, to parents James and Ann. He was baptised on 20 October 1805 at Tarporley, Cheshire.
Thomas died on 26 December 1830 at Warrington, Lancashire.
- 1829 Oldham (6 mths)
- 1829 Preston Brook (6 mths)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1831/352
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
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