Thomason, Joseph (1815-1880)
Joseph was born on 22 March 1815 at Preston Brook, Cheshire to parents Peter and Susannah. He was baptised on 25 April 1815 at Daresbury, Cheshire.
Joseph was sent out to work early, and to an occupation which exposed him to great bodily danger. He nearly lost his life when he fell into a canal and was almost drowned.
Primitive Methodist services were held in his parent’s home.
Joseph’s obituary records that he spent the first 20 years of his ministry on missions where he encountered much persecution and suffered many hardships. He had a strong and healthy frame which fitted him well for the arduous work.
He spent the last 19 years of his ministry in the Nottingham District.
Joseph married Sarah Burford Dix (1817-1896) in 1846 at Malden, Essex. Census returns identify three children.
- Sarah Susannah (1850-1929) – married Robert Bryant, a PM Minister
- Fanny Priscilla (1854-1925) – joint proprietor of ladies school in 1881 in Derby; married David Dickinson, a chemist
- Mary Elizabeth (b1857) – joint proprietor of ladies school in 1881 in Derby; married William Bailey, an outfitter
Joseph died on 16 December 1880 at Derby.
- 1841 Ludlow
- 1842 Burland
- 1843 Wrockwardinewood
- 1844 Northampton
- 1846 Bradwell
- 1847 Canterbury
- 1848 Isle of Wight
- 1850 Jersey
- 1851 Alderney
- 1853 Hertford
- 1854 Saffron Walden
- 1856 Reading
- 1858 Portsmouth
- 1860 Pembroke
- 1862 Sheffield ll
- 1863 Lincoln
- 1866 Rotherham
- 1869 Sleaford
- 1872 Ripley
- 1875 Leicester l
- 1878 Grantham
- 1880 Derby (Sup)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1869/257 (portrait); 1881/306
PM Minutes 1881/5
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers