Thomas Bramall

Photo:Primitive Methodist Magazine 1881

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1881

Photo:Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923


By Geoff Dickinson

Early years

Thomas was born on 12 April 1833 at Woodley, Cheshire to parents Robert and Mary. Robert was a cotton twister.

His parents were Congregationalists, but Thomas was allowed to attend the Primitive Methodist Sunday School. He was 15 when he gave himself to Christ. Thomas said that he was ‘soundly converted to God at the age of 15 years in a Primitive Methodist class meeting’.

Thomas recalled hearing Hugh Bourne preach when he was a child, and after the service Hugh put his hand on young Thomas’ head and bade him ‘be a good boy’.

Thomas went on the plan aged 17, taking his first appointment on 27 October 1850.

In 1851, Thomas was living with his parents, working as a power loom cotton weaver.


Thomas was a Deed Poll member of conference for 12 years.


Thomas married Eliza Cooke (1836-1910) in 1859 at Northwich, Cheshire.

Thomas died on 28 February 1923 whilst out for a walk near his home in Higher Tranmere. He was buried in Bebington Cemetry, nr Birkenhead.


  • 1854 Wrockwardinewood
  • 1855 Cwm
  • 1857 Prees Green
  • 1858 Newcastle under Lyme
  • 1860 Oswestry
  • 1862 Market Drayton
  • 1864 Hadnall
  • 1867 Bromsgrove
  • 1870 Coventry
  • 1873 Shrewsbury
  • 1876 Ramsor
  • 1879 Stafford
  • 1882 Market Drayton
  • 1884 Chester ll
  • 1887 Llanmynech
  • 1889 Silsden
  • 1891 Market Drayton
  • 1894 Preston Brook
  • 1896 Birkenhead (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1881 (portrait); 1910/741 (Elizabeth); 1923/657

PM Minutes 1923/255

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


This page was added by Geoff Dickinson on 29/04/2013.
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See also the article in the Christian Messenger 1922.

By Geoff Dickinson
On 01/04/2016

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