Rev. Thomas Boyd

Primitive Methodist in Ontario, Canada


Do not know much but have come across some reference to gg-grandfather Rev. Thomas Boyd belonging to Primitive Methodist movement in Ontario, Canada around 1870’s or 1880’s. 
Would anybody know about structure of the Primitive Methodist movement in this area. 

He later joined or returned to United Methodist Church and preached for nearly 40 years until his death. 


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  • I have April 18 1848 as his date of birth. An obituary states he started his ministry at the age of 20, which would mean 1868. Another record states Thomas Boyd was ordained in 1874. 

    United Church Archives in Canada has: Thomas Boyd 1870 received on trial. 1874 full connection, Canada Conference, Brampton District. 1870 Albion, London District; 1871 Chatham; 1872 Dover; 1873, Mcgillvray West; 1874-75 Mitchell; 1876 Plympton, Barrie Dist.; 1877-81 Brantford etc. 

    He married his first wife, Rosannah Taylor (b 1852) on 23rd June 1875 in Brant/Brantford, Ont and in her obit it is stated ‘in the winter of 1874 she was converted to God, baptized and received into the Church.’ (She died shortly after childbirth in 1877). ‘She (they) first experienced in the high vocation to which she was called began in Mitchell (Ontario).. in July 1876 she and her husband were removed by Conference to Wyoming where they were blessed by the advent of a baby boy, who for seven months made their home bright and cherry with his presence, but just twelve days before sister Boyd’s death, he departed to be with Saviour…  Her husband was anxious to commence special services at Wyoming, that he might be near her, but she urged him to begin meetings at Wansted village, where there was no preaching by any denomination, and where the people were very wicked.’

    By David C Wold (01/02/2018)
  • Thanks about, sorry i did not see it earlier. Yes his family lived in London from when they first entered North America in 1862. Robert Boyd  Thomas father, had a tailor store in town.

    By David Chr Wold (04/11/2017)
  • Further to my comments of yesterday, the Rev. Thomas Boyd I’m following was born in Ireland about 1848, and came to Canada with his parents about 1856. Young Boyd attended school in London, Ontario. The Primitive Methodists had a church on the corner of Hill and Grey streets in 1859. By 1863 the church was on Wellington Street. The new church, on the north side of King Street, bet. Wellington and Clarence, was dedicated in November 1865. Rev. T. Boyd later preached in this church. His family once lived on Mill Street. His parents and other family members were buried in Woodland Cemetery.

    By Dan Brock (28/07/2017)
  • Was your gr-gr-grandfather from London, Ontario? Did the family live on Mill St. If so, your Rev. Thomas Boyd was in Bronte in 1927. I’m doing a piece on his reminiscences of London at the time of Confederation. This is for the annual publication of our local historical society.

    By Dan Brock (27/07/2017)
  • As a volunteer helping to digitise genealogy records at Uxbridge Library I am coming across several references to Primitive Methodism in this area.

    By Nigel Prout (10/05/2017)
  • David,

    Leary’s index of Primitive Methodist Ministers provides the following information about Thomas.

    Born in 1850.

    Stations in Canada.

    • 1870 Albion
    • 1871 Chatham
    • 1872 Dover
    • 1873 Westbranch
    • 1874 Mitchell
    • 1876 Plympton
    • 1878 Bradford
    • 1881 disappears.

    As you will see, at that time ministers were moved around very regularly. Each of these stations represented a circuit. There was also an annual conference held in Canada.

    By Geoff Dickinson (09/05/2017)

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