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Bateman, Thomas
1799-1897

Farmer, land surveyor and PMlocal preacher. Brought up an Anglican, he was a Guardian of the Nantwich Union and for 30 years vestry clerk at Wrenbury. He began attending WM services, but under the influence of John Wedgwood became a PM in 1819. A local preacher from 1822, he pioneered the work in Cheshire and Shropshire. An ally, adviser and companion of Hugh Bourne, William Clowes and John Wedgwood (whose biography he wrote), he was a Deed Poll member from 1851 and President of the Conference in 1857 and 1867.

His son Thomas Salmon Bateman (1842-1903; e.m. 1861), born on 4 November 1842, spent the early years of his ministry mainly in the north-west. He died on 2 April 1902.

Sources

  • F.H. Hurd, Earnest Men: Sketches of eminent Primitive Methodists, ministers and laymen (1872) pp.91-106
  • G.J. Stevenson, Methodist Worthies (1884-86), 5, pp.834-843
  • H. Woodcock, The Romance of Reality (c. 1907) pp.81-5
  • Joseph Ritson, The Romance of Primitive Methodism (1909) pp. 179-82

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