Waumsley, Thomas (1836-1909)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1886
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1886
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

Early years

Thomas was born in 1836 at Louth, Lincolnshire to parents George Waumsley and Esther Harris.

Thomas was working as an errand boy for a grocer in 1851.


Thomas entered the ministry in 1857 when the minister was pre-eminently an evangelist. The proof of ministry was ‘souls won’. As an evangelist Thomas excelled. Open air preaching gave him fullest opportunity and was his joy and glory. Having a good voice, ready wit, bubbling humour, rare gifts of exposition and appeal, combined with splendid courage, he arrested the multitude, and drew hundreds to accept the life indeed through Jesus Christ.

As a circuit administrator, Thomas was capable and thorough.


Thomas married Elizabeth Stephenson (1839-1936) in the spring of 1861 in the Caistor Registration District, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • Elizabeth Stephenson (1862-1901) – married John Kidney, a railway signalman.
  • Annie (b1866) – married Daniel Charles Cooper, a PM Minister
  • Ada (1868-1883)
  • Frances Lilly (1870- 1955) – married Fred Cremen, a commercial traveller
  • Thomas Herbert (1872-1954) – an architect and surveyor

Thomas died on 29 April 1909 at Carlton, Nottinghamshire.


  • 1857 Tadcaster
  • 1859 Grimsby
  • 1861 Swinefleet
  • 1863 Hull ll
  • 1866 Driffield
  • 1868 Scarborough
  • 1870 Hull 1
  • 1873 Driffield
  • 1876 Hull ll
  • 1878 Scotter
  • 1883 Preston l
  • 1886 Hull l
  • 1888 Whitby
  • 1892 Brighton ll
  • 1893 Filey
  • 1896 Paisley
  • 1898 Brigg (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1886 (Portrait); 1910/404

PM Minutes 1909/24

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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