Beveridge, Thomas George
Beveridge, Thomas George an English Congregational minister, was born at Chatham, July 9, 1839, of pious parents. He early evinced a devout spirit. In 1856 he became a member of the Church, and at once took part in home-mission work with that active missionary spirit which so characterized his after-life. In 1862 he entered Hackney College, and at the close of his course was called to the pastorate of the Congregational Church on the Isle of Portland, where he was ordained and remained three years. In 1868 he removedto Fareham, where his labors were greatly blessed. In 1872 he and his devoted wife offered themselves to the London Missionary Society, and, being accepted, set asail for Tamatave, Madagascar. Mr. Beveridge immediately devoted himself to the acquiring of a better knowledge of the people and their language; but because of exposure and poor medical assistance he was obliged to embark, in June, 1877, for his native land. All went well until the fifth day, when, near Cape Guardafui, the vessel ran into the breakers, and the entire family was lost except his little son Sidney. Mr. Beveridge was very conscientious and gentle in disposition. With a temperament of nervous excitability he united a wondrous stability of character. See (Lond.) Cong. Yearbook, 1878, p. 307.