Savage, Tobias (1853-1937)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911

Early years

Tobias was born on 11 February 1853 at Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire.

Both his parents were Sunday School teachers at Foxhill Bank Sunday School, his father died when Tobias was young. At the age of sixteen, Tobias was converted under the ministry of Rev J Prestwich. He received a note to accompany a preacher a year later.

The 1861 census shows Tobias working in a print works at the age of eight.


Tobias was no ‘office seeker’, being content to plod along in ordinary circuit work. The spiritual part of the work was to him pre-eminent. He assisted at least two candidates to prepare for the ministry.

His obituary records that Tobias was a faithful pastor for his people, sharing in their joys and sorrows and building them up in faith.


Tobias married Agnes Margaret Kidd (1852-1920) on 1 July 1879 at Stockport, Cheshire. Agnes was a daughter of Rev George Kidd. Census returns identify four of five children.

  • Agnes (1880-1881)
  • George Henry (b1882)
  • Hannah Ellen (1884-1958) – married Charles R Watson in 1924
  • James William (b1890)

Tobias died on 25 February 1937 at Oldham, Lancashire.


  • Sunderland
  • 1875 Leigh
  • 1876 Chester II
  • 1877 New Mills
  • 1879 Liverpool II
  • 1881 Thetford
  • 1882 Lenham
  • 1883 Bromyard
  • 1885 Bungay
  • 1887 Maldon
  • 1891 Buckingham
  • 1893 Micheldever
  • 1897 Silchester
  • 1901 Tamworth
  • 1905 Poplar
  • 1906 Silchester
  • 1908 Cirencester
  • 1910 Craven Arms
  • 1912 Ramsor
  • 1915 Peterborough I
  • 1917 Oldham (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911/423; 1920/810

PM Minutes 1937/201

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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