Tanfield, Thomas (1849-1922)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923


A transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Herbert Hedges is attached. He records the following.

“Preaching was the joy of his life, He loved to exalt his Lord before the congregations. It was pathetic to see his grief when the doctor told him three weeks before the end that he must preach no more. His sermons, which were carefully prepared, and abundant in rich thought, revealed a well-furnished mind. There was a clear evangelical ring in his preaching, born of a passionate love for Christ and his fellow-men. He knew in whom he believed, and in consequence was able to persuade others to believe. His life gave a note of authority to his preaching. He not only told the truth, but he made the truth tell by the charm of his personality. “


Thomas was born on 5 June 1849 at Halifax, Yorkshire, to parents Richard Tanfield, a PM minister, and Isabella Simpson.

He married Esther Rhodes (1851-1904), in the summer of 1875 at Bradford, Yorkshire. Census returns identify three children.

  • William T (1876-1960) – a motor engineer (1911)
  • Francis Richard (1877-1935) – an assessor and collector of taxes (1911)
  • Edith Esther S. B. (1881-1948) – a dressmaker (1911); married Samuel Hester in 1931

Thomas died on 14 September 1922 at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.


  • 1869 Wirksworth
  • 1870 Ilkeston
  • 1871 Sowerby Bridge
  • 1873 Pickering
  • 1875 Huddersfield
  • 1877 Barnsley
  • 1881 Pocklington
  • 1884 Louth
  • 1887 Tetney
  • 1890 Barton on Humber
  • 1893 Leamington
  • 1894 Pocklington
  • 1897 Chippenham
  • 1900 Brough
  • 1901 North cave
  • 1902 Hadnall
  • 1905 Glastonbury
  • 1909 Wallingford
  • 1912 Chinnor (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923/435

PM Minutes 1923/283

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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