Thomas, Walter B. ( , PA)
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BIO: Walter B. Thomas, Wyoming Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church, PA & NY
Contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives by
Judy Banja & Denise Phillips
Copyright 2007. All rights reserved.
Chaffee, Amasa Franklin. History of the Wyoming
Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
New York: Eaton & Mains, 1904, pages 254-255.
THOMAS, WALTER B., was born in Ewhurst Green, Sussex County, England,
on December 31, 1819, and died in Carbondale, Pa., on May 13, 1897.
His parents were both members of the Methodist Church, and at an
early age united with the same Church. He preached his first sermon at
seventeen years of age. he did service in the ranks of the local
ministry sixteen years before coming to America. After coming to this
country he did work as a supply under Rev. Zachariah Paddock, presiding
elder, for a short time and in 1853 joined Wyoming Conference.
In October, 1853, he married Miss Abigail Caroline Turner, of Silver
Lake, Pa. On September 1, 1884, after suffering from pulmonary disease
for some time, she passed from their pleasant home in Athens, Pa., to
heavenly mansions. Husband and wife are buried in the cemetery at
Athens, Pa. One son was born to them, Professor A. P. Thomas, now
living at Carbondale.
When he retired from active work, and the proposition was made to
make his claim upon the superannuates' fund first class instead of
second, with grace and magnanimity he objected, saying, "I can earn a
little, and others may suffer if my claim is increased." He did good
work at bookbinding for a number of years.
His pastoral record is as follows: 1853, Montrose; 1854, Berkshire;
1855, Vestal; 1856-57, Athens; 1858-59, Nichols; 1860-61, Orwell; 1862-
63, Gibson; 1864-65, Lisle and Whitney's Point; 1866-67, Castle Creek;
1868-69, Windsor; 1870, North New Berlin; 1871, Middlefield; 1872-73,
Bainbridge; 1874-75, Morris; 1876-77, Westville; 1878, Exeter; 1879-81,
Broome; 1882-97, sd.