Thorp, Gad (1850-1912)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911

Early years

Gad was born in 1850 at Emley, Yorkshire to parents Thomas and Ann. Gad was baptised on 30 June 1850 at St Michael, Emley. Thomas was a coal miner.

As a child, Gad had little educational opportunities and he was sent to work in the mines as soon as he was able.

Gad made his definite surrender to Christ in his teens and then applied himself with characteristic zeal to the attainment of knowledge. The call to ministry came when Gad was twenty-five. He passed the examination and was placed on the Reserve List, and stationed by the Conference of 1875 at Pateley Bridge.


Gad was strictly practical and evangelical in his preaching; he was never happier than when pointing the people to Jesus.

Gad served for seven years as Orphanage Secretary in the Sheffield District.

The writer of his obituary describes Gad as ‘calm, plodding, persevering, faithful and kind.’

Gad involved himself in politics. He served as a Parish Councillor, was President of the local Liberal Association, Chairman of the Election Committee and a representative to the National Liberal Federation.


Gad married Mary Frudd (1851-1891) in the summer of 1879 at Emley, Yorkshire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Ethel (b1882)
  • Bertha (1883-1969) -an assistant schoolteacher (1911); married William Godfrey in 1912
  • Lillian (b1890) – an office clerk (1911)

Gad married Esther Frudd (b1849) in late 1893 at Huddersfield, Yorkshire.

Gad died on 1 November 1912 at Hinckley, Leicestershire.


  • 1875 Pateley Bridge
  • 1877 Malton
  • 1879 Sowerby Bridge
  • 1882 Otley
  • 1885 Pocklington
  • 1887 Barnsley
  • 1891 Kiveton Park
  • 1895 Leeds IV
  • 1896 Newark
  • 1898 Staveley
  • 1902 Bolsover
  • 1906 Rawmarsh
  • 1910 Bilston
  • 1911 Hinckley


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911/547; 1913/241

PM Minutes 1913/241

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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