Young, Thomas Anthony (1874-1954)
Thomas was born in 1874 at Tow Law, Co Durham, to parents Thomas and Mary, both devoted Primitive Methodists. Thomas, senior, was a coal miner.
Thomas was converted at the age of thirteen. At the early age of fifteen he began to preach. At seventeen, Thomas was the leader of a class of which his parents were members.
The 1891 census return identifies Thomas as a draper’s apprentice.
Thomas served as District Missionary Secretary, district secretary to the Local Preacher’s Training Committee and was Secretary of the Itinerant Preachers Friendly Society for five years.
Thomas spent most of his ministry in Lancashire circuits. His obituary records that he was a preacher who both stimulated and challenged, a faithful pastor with a great gift for friendship. A shrewd judge of character and wise in his handling of men, Thomas had the joy of leading many young men into an experience of Christ.
In retirement, Thomas continued to preach and to exercise a fruitful ministry as hospital chaplain.
Thomas married Mary Ann Bell (1885-1965) in the summer of 1907 at Chester le Street, Co. Durham.
Thomas died on 10 April 1954 at Christie Park Football Ground, Morecambe.
- 1899 Hereford
- 1901 Otley
- 1903 Chester le Street
- 1908 Blackburn I
- 1911 Southport II
- 1914 Widnes
- 1920 Barrow in Furness
- 1917 Foxhill Bank
- 1931 Liverpool II
- 1935 Lancaster
- 1939 Superann
- 1940 Lancaster Moor
- 1941 Morecambe (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1927/594
Methodist Minutes 1954/138
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers