Wood, Thomas (1855-1936)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916

Early years

Thomas was born in February 1855 at Bradford, Yorkshire to parents Thomas Wood and Ann Barker. His father was a master tailor, local preacher and class leader. Thomas was instructed in the Bible by his father, who also took a keen interest in astronomy.

Thomas was intending to enter the teaching profession and attended the State Church and, at the age of sixteen, he was confirmed by the bishop. It was not until he was nineteen, under the influence of Rev G H Beeley, that he finally decided for Christ. Five months later he started to preach.


Thomas spent two separate weeks in Shrewsbury Gaol as a passive resister.

In the 1916 sketch, it records that Thomas cycled to all his country appointments.

His obituary records that Thomas had a gracious and kindly disposition that made him a welcome visitor in the homes of people. He was a well-informed expository preacher, with a passion for evangelism and he won many souls for the Kingdom.


Thomas married Mary Priscilla Robinson (1855-1919) in the summer of 1884 at Little Horton, Bradford, Yorkshire. Census returns identify one of two children.

  • Thomas William Asquith (1885-1963) – a cashier in wholesale clothing business (1911)

Thomas died on 27 January 1936 at Leeds, Yorkshire. He was laid to rest at Dent, Yorkshire.


  • Sunderland
  • 1880 Shotley Bridge
  • 1883 Whitby
  • 1885 Staithes
  • 1887 Mickley Square
  • 1889 Manchester I
  • 1893 Durham
  • 1894 Alston
  • 1900 Idle
  • 1901 Nelson, Glam
  • 1904 Wem
  • 1906 Wigan
  • 1909 Alston
  • 1912 Leicester
  • 1914 Romsey
  • 1917 Mere
  • 1918 Dent
  • 1920 Leeds (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/126

Methodist Minutes 1936/193

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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