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Burial Information

Name on burial register:
   Thomas Merriman Nias
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Age at death:
Date of burial:
   16 April 1907
Abode at death:
(according to burial register)
   Cravenhurst, Newbury
Burial register information:
Book number: 1899
Page number: 137
Record number: 8289
Official at burial:
   George J Knight
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Thomas Merriman Nias
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News
Date of source:    18 April 1907
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News





We have to record the death of Mr. Thomas Merriman Nias, which took place on the night of Thursday last, April 11, at his residence, Cravenhurst. Mr. Nias was one of the oldest and best known of our townsmen. He was a native of Newbury and his family have for generations been connected with the trade of the townsmen. His father carried on the business of ironmonger in the Market-place. But he died when the deceased was quite young. Mr. Nias' mother, however, lived many years afterwards, and attained to a ripe age. The deceased himself was in business as a grocer in Northbrook-street during the fifties, from which, however he withdrew from health considerations and thenceforward lived a retired life.


He however took an active interest in the affairs of the Baptist church, of which he became a member in 1847 and and was appointed deacon in 1875, for some years holding the position in the deaconate. He was the oldest active adherent of the Temperance cause, being an official of the old society, and some half-century ago was conductor of a Band of Hope which was held in the old Baptist Chapel. About twelve months since Mr. Nias had a fall from which he never fully recovered. His physical weakness increased, and latterly he had to keep his bed, so that his end came not unexpectedly.


Many instances can be given of the kindly disposition and practical help afforded by the deceased, and his removal will be a great loss to theBaptistChurch. Mr. Nias was twice married. He leaves one son, Mr. Somerset Nias, and his widow is the sister of Mr. Alfred Jackson, J.P. Mr Nias' elder brother was Mr. Joseph Somerset Nias, who was very enterprising and erected a mill and extensive buildings at Enborne, for artificial manures and seed cake; but this was removed nearly forty years ago to Weybridge, where he died a few years since.


The funeral took place on Tuesday. The preliminary portion of the service was conducted at Cravenhurst, the relatives and friends being present. The cortège then proceeded to the cemetery, the body being borne on a glass car. In the first carriage was Mrs. Nias (widow), Mr. Somerset Nias (son), Miss Drew (niece), Mr. Smythe (nephew); Miss Jackson (sister-in-law); 2nd carriage, Mr. Drew (nephew), Miss Jackson (sister-in-law), Mr. Alderman Jackson, J. P. (Basingstoke), Mr. Thomas Jackson, J.P. (Marlborough). 3rd Carriage, Mr. Edward Jackson, J.P., Mayor of Reading, Mr. Frank Jackson (Sherfield), Mr. Alfred Jackson (Newbury), Rev. Geo Knight; 4th carriage Messrs Miller, Macfarlane, Davis, Waite and Beer(brother deacons); 5th carriage,Miss Lailey, Nurse Cooms.


On arrival at the cemetery gates a large number of personal friends and others had already assembled, and these joined in the procession. Among them was the Mayor of Newbury (Mr. Councillor Pratt), Mr. H.J. Midwinter, J.P., Mr. Councillor Lewendon, Mr. Councillor Turner, Revs. W. F. Clarke and J. Sellicks, Mrs. Waite, Mr. Wright, Mr. Wilkins, Mrs.Morton, Mr. Bune, Mr. J.K. Nash, Mr. Pettifer, Mr. Grimwood, Mr. W. Harding, Mrs. J.J. Davies, Mrs. and Miss Chivers, Mrs Clarke, Mrs. Mac Davies, Miss Miller, Miss Nash, Mrs Beer, Mrs. Mills, Misses Parsloe, Miss Heath, etc.


The service at the grave was impressively conducted by the Rev. G. Knight, who intimated that it was his intention to hold a memorial service on the evening of Sunday next at theBaptistChurch, and therefore he would not deliver an address at the graveside. A few choice floral offerings had been sent, but these chiefly from distant friends, the wish having been expressed by the family that no flowers were desired.


The arrangements were in the hands of Messrs. Jackson and Co., undertakers, Newbury and were personally directed by Mr. R.P. Elliott.


Newbury Weekly News 18 April 1907


Family Search :Thomas Merriman Nias born Newbury 1828/29


Sources:Newbury Weekly News 18 April 1907




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Thomas Merriman Nias
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News
Date of source:    25 April 1907
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News





A memorial service was held on Sunday evening in the Baptist Chapel, the pulpit was draped in black in recognition of his services to the diaconate by the deceased.


The service opened with the anthem “Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.”  The other hymns were “How blest the righteous when he dies.” “Peace, perfect peace.” and “For ever with the Lord.”


The sermon was preached from the passage “We know that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” At the close, sympathetic reference was made to his sixty years membership and 32 years as a deacon.


Deceased was not the oldest member, this distinction being attached to Miss Eliza Freeman, who joined the church in 1844.


There is a tablet in the present chapel to Mrs. Ann Nias, who was born in 1683 (forty years after the formation of the church), and died in 1773.  Another tablet refers to Mrs. Mary Adnam, born in 1758 and died in 1848.  Mr. Nias was born in 1825, so that the memory of these three persons constitutes personal links reaching back almost to the formation of the Baptist Church in Newbury, as Mrs. Adnam would be known to Mrs. Ann Nias who was in existence in 1683, also to Mr. Nias, who was living up to 1907.


Newbury Weekly News 25 April 1907


Mrs P p.151 LS(H)37


Also: Sarah – widow of Thomas

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