Vaughan, Thomas (1850-1918)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912

Early years

Thomas was born in 1850 at Rhosygadfa, a hamlet in the Oswestry circuit.

Thomas decided for Christ when aged twelve and became a local preacher at the age of nineteen. Shortly afterwards the family moved to Southport, from where he was recommended for the ministry. One of his brothers became an Alderman at Southport and another brother was a councillor and mayor at Crewe, Cheshire.

Thomas worked as a joiner before entering the ministry.

In 1874 Thomas became second minister in a Newcastle upon Tyne circuit. The eight months there caused him to petition Conference to be allowed to enter the Sunderland Institute, where he spent a profitable year.


In the Chester II circuit, the officials set Thomas apart for evangelistic work. As a result he saw upwards of two hundred persons converted.

As a preacher, Thomas was expository and practical, and his large knowledge of life made his sermons fit and grip his hearers. A marked feature of his ministry was his love for, and success with, young people.


Thomas married Mary Jane Foster (1847-1901) in the summer of 1880 at Southport, Lancashire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Charlotte Mary (b1884) – married John Lomas White, a butcher (1911)

Thomas married Elizabeth Harrison, nee Johnson, (b1870) in the spring of 1903 at Ranskill, Nottinghamshire.

Thomas died on 21 April 1918 at North Retford, Nottinghamshire.


  • Sunderland
  • 1876 Rochdale
  • 1879 St Helens
  • 1881 Chester II
  • 1884 Lowton
  • 1885 Leigh
  • 1886 Lowton
  • 1889 Northwich
  • 1893 Glossop
  • 1896 Retford
  • 1899 Kiveton Park
  • 1903 Withernsea
  • 1907 Swinefleet
  • 1911 Fakenham
  • 1913 Dalton in Furness
  • 1915 Retford (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/716; 1918/657

PM Minutes 1918/283

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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