Smith, Thomas (of Leeds) (1828-1903)
Thomas was born in March 1828 at Sileby, Leicestershire to parents Abraham and Catherine. Abraham was a farmer.
His early home life was strict and religious and he attended the Primitive Methodist Sunday School and was converted at the age of 12. He immediately became a teacher and a local preacher from the age of 15.
Thomas was called into the ministry as a hired local preacher by the Barnsley circuit.
Thomas was Secretary of Conference in 1881 and Secretary to the Building Committee in one of his districts.
His obituary records that his disposition was kindly and social; he made friends and kept them; he liked to carry sunshine with him.
Thomas married Elizabeth Davies (b abt 1836 – d bef 1891) in the summer of 1857 at Burnley, Lancashire. Census returns identify two children.
- Sidney (1858-1924) – Chief Clerk Leeds Education Office (1911)
- Tom (b1862) – a hosier in 1891
Thomas died on 10 September 1903 at Helmshore, Lancashire.
- 1850 Barnsley
- 1851 Silsden
- 1853 Pontefract
- 1855 York
- 1856 Barnsley
- 1858 Halifax
- 1861 Pateley Bridge
- 1865 Wakefield
- 1867 Ripon
- 1869 Bradford ll
- 1872 Leeds 1
- 1875 Leeds ll
- 1878 Leeds V
- 1881 Bradford ll
- 1884 Stockport ll
- 1887 Sheffield VI
- 1891 Helmshore
- 1898 Helmshore (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1877/385; 1904/321
PM Minutes 1904/37
W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers