Smith, Thomas (1826-1909)
Thomas was born on 23 April 1826 at Wherwell, Hampshire. His father, William worked on the land as a farmer and steward of Wherwell manor. William was known as a sturdy Liberal in politics. His mother died when Thomas was ten.
Thomas was converted during a Revival Service held by Wesleyans in an old chalk pit. He remained a Wesleyan until the ‘Reform Split’ at which time he joined the Primitive Methodists.
The 1851 census shows Thomas also working the land.
His obituary records that his excellent voice made him very popular in his early days.
Thomas was married to Elizabeth Weston (1840-1895) 1857 at Wootton Basset, Wiltshire. Census returns identify two children.
- Hannah Kate (1858-1934) – a music teacher (1891) and later a housekeeper (1901)
- Flora Fredrica (b1860) – married Davey Mott, an engine fitter
Thomas married Julia Collier (1836-1913) in the summer of 1896 at Wooton Bassett
Thomas died on 14 December 1909 at Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire.
- 1854 Banbury
- 1855 Faringdon
- 1858 Motcombe
- 1860 Newbury
- 1864 Lancaster
- 1866 Ryde & Ventnor
- 1869 Sheerness
- 1871 Kingston
- 1873 Bungay
- 1876 S Molton
- 1878 Chinnor
- 1880 Motcombe
- 1881 Hereford
- 1883 Portsmouth
- 1884 Dartford
- 1885 Andover
- 1888 Woolwich (S)
- 1900 W Bassett
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1882 (portrait); 1910/489
PM Minutes 1910/32
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers