Thomas Roberts (1745-1837)
Thomas Roberts joined the Methodists in 1763 and enjoyed a long close friendship with John Wesley. For many years Roberts, who was a man of considerable private means, was an important Bristol Methodist and occupied the office of steward of Kingswood School and of the Bristol Society itself. After Wesley's death, Roberts, who was also a devout Anglican, was one of those who left the Methodists in protest at the administration of communion in chapels and the holding of services in church hours. Despite this, Roberts for the remainder of his long life proved a generous friend of Bristol Methodism, donating large sums of money to support its ministry.
Source: Methodist Magazine 1837, 798.