Thomas Collins (1810-64)
Thomas Collins was born near Solihull in Warwickshire, the son of a Wesleyan local preacher. He was initially converted at the age of eight under the ministry of Gideon Ouseley. He lost his faith for a while but regained it at the age of sixteen, after which he became a prayer leader and local preacher. His first sermon was preached at Stratford-on-Avon.
Collins was ordained in 1832 and served as a circuit minister in England, Scotland and Wales until poor health forced his retirement to Warwick where he died.
Source Minutes of Conference 1865, Hill's Arrangement 1862 and Methodist Magazine 1867, pp.1057