Thomas was born in 1856 at Milford, Derbyshire to parents Samuel and Mary. Samuel worked as a silk hose maker.
Thomas joined the Church at the age of seventeen. His conversion was followed by great devotion to prayer and Bible reading. He was called to preach about two years after his conversion. His success as an evangelist led to his Quarterly Meeting insisting that he enter the ministry.
His obituary records that Thomas was known for his power in prayer, mighty evangelistic appeals and revivals witnessed in some of his circuits. As a pastor he excelled, his kindly, genial disposition winning him the affection of his people.
Thomas and his wife were in West Stanley, where, in a terrible mining disaster, over 160 lives were lost. By day and night they moved amongst the stricken people, comforting the sorrowing and succouring the needy.
Thomas filled almost every district office with thoroughness, for he was a painstaking and persevering man, never overlooking any detail.
Thomas married Louisa Anne Hustwick (1850-1927) in the spring of 1886 at Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Census returns identify one child.
- Harold Hustwick (1889-1974) – a clerk (1911)
Thomas died on 19 May 1930 at Woodlands, nr Doncaster, Yorkshire.
- 1878 Ashford
- 1879 Spalding &c
- 1880 Wirksworth
- 1881 Horncastle
- 1883 Ashby de la Zouch
- 1885 Barrow in Furness
- 1886 Lowick
- 1889 N Shields
- 1893 Seaton Delaval
- 1897 Blaydon on Tyne
- 1901 Haltwhistle
- 1904 Stanley
- 1909 Sunderland
- 1915 Malton
- 1919 Hull I
- 1922 Blackwood
- 1925 Doncaster (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/86; 1920/386; 1930/492
PM Minutes 1930/307
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers