Love Photographs them in the Heart! – William Thoseby (Christian devotional)

Love Photographs them in the Heart! – William Thoseby (Christian devotional)

Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perish,
and no one takes it to heart;
the devout are taken away,
and no one understands
that the righteous are taken away
to be spared from evil.
2 Those who walk uprightly
enter into peace;
they find rest as they lie in death.

William Thoseby (1835-1905)

Early years

William was born on 20 July 1835 at Grassington, Yorkshire to parents James and Mary. William was baptised on 2 August 1835 at Linton in Craven, Yorkshire. When William was very young the family moved to Mount Tabor, nr Halifax and when he was 8, the family moved to Keighley.

William was converted in June 1856 after attending a Sunday School Anniversary service at Morton Banks, nr Keighley. William immediately set himself to spiritual growth and mental improvement. Two years later he became a local preacher.

William supplied for Rev John Nassau at Keighley in 1859 from July to September. He then moved to Kings Lynn, Norfolk; the circuit from which he was pledged the following year.


William was involved in building a chapel, schoolroom and minister’s house at Colne, Lancashire. It was there he met W. P. Hartley who laid a memorial stone and assisted with the fundraising. It was the day of the opening of that chapel that William lost his wife, Hannah, following the birth of a daughter.

In his last appointment, William was responsible for building the church and school at Knaresborough.

William attended conference twice and was a General Committee delegate in 1895.

He was thoroughly evangelical in his preaching; his sermons and speeches were full of pathos, interest and point, and were well thought out from a mind richly stored with biblical history and general knowledge. He sent the truth home to the hearts of the people with power and conviction.

As a public speaker he was frank, fearless and oftentimes eloquent.


William married Hannah Holmes (1837-1881) on 6 July 1864 at Queen St Chapel, Keighley, Yorkshire. Rev John Harvey officiated. Census returns identify seven children.

Paulina Mary (1865-1942) – married William Boothman, a council school caretaker (1911)
Hannah Maria (b1868) – a dressmaker (1891); known as Annie; married Richard Eatough, a railway goods clerk
Alice Octavia Agnes (1869-1959) – a clerk; married William E Ashworth in 1930
Albert Edward Victor (1872-1947) – a secondary school teacher
Helena Gertrude (1874-1922) – married Richard Henry Horsfield, a stone quarry manager (1901)
Lily Rose (1875-1963) – married Hartley Wood, a draper
Hannah Louisa (1881-1968) – married Edwin Kitching, a joiner
William married Isabella Lonsdale (1854-1930) in the spring of 1882 at Colne, Lancashire. Census returns identify five children.

Ethel Isabella (1883-1911) – an assistant school teacher (1911)
Winifred Sophia (1885-1971) – an assistant school teacher (1911)
John Norman Lonsdale (1887-1956) – doctor
Daisy Grace (b1888) – married Frederic Vivian Preston, a civil servant
William Arthur (1890-1892)

William died on 15 January 1905 at Knaresborough, Yorkshire.

About Rich Moore

I will be sharing videos from my YouTube channel to this blog in the hope that others might be blessed and God glorified. Here is a description of my channel: A large video collection of classic hymns, contemporary Praise and Worship songs, and the works (audio books, devotional readings, and sermons) of men greatly used of God, such as: Charles Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, A.W. Tozer, A.W. Pink, John Owen, Oswald Chambers, Andrew Murray, John MacArthur, E.M. Bounds, John Bunyan, George Whitefield, and many more, covering topics on many aspects of the Christian life. May your time spent here be blessed. "He must increase, but I must decrease." (John 3:30)
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