Thomas Talboys (1773-1851)
Thomas Talboys was born at Cam in Gloucestershire. At the age of eighteen, he enlisted in the army and served in the West Indies where he fell under Roman Catholic influence for a short period.
He bought himself out of the military and returned to England where he joined the Methodists and was converted. In 1808, Talboys was accepted by the Conference and was appointed to the West Indian mission where he served for eight years enduring some persecution.
Talboys returned to the home ministry in 1817 and served circuits in England and Wales until superannuation in 1834. His retirement was spent first in Norfolk and then Dursley in Gloucestershire where he died after a long illness.
Source: Minutes of Conference 1851