Cook, Thomas (1867-1947)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921

Early years

Thomas was born in 1867 at Melbourne, Yorkshire, to parents Thomas and Rebecca. Thomas, senior, was a farmer.

Shortly after his conversion as a youth, the family moved to Market Weighton. There, Thomas became active in Sunday school work, and later a local preacher. Called to prepare for the ministry, Thomas served as a hired local preacher on the Sowerby Bridge and Greetland circuit.


During the arduous war years, Thomas served as a chaplain to various camps and hospitals around Grimsby.

Thomas served as secretary of the District, L.P. Training, Sunday School and Candidates Examination Committees. In 1920, Thomas became Vice-Treasurer of the Preachers’ Friendly Society.

His obituary records that Thomas was a faithful pastor, easy to approach, and always a welcome visitor into the homes of his people. His sagacity and keen understanding of men contributed to his outstanding success in the administrative side of his circuit work. Sorrow ploughed deep furrows into his soul, yet the sustaining grace of God was so very real to him that out of his own experience he could preach to others on the meaning of Gethsemane and Calvary.


Thomas married Ann Parker (abt1864-1933) in the summer of 1896 at Rastrick, Halifax, Yorkshire.

  • Frederick Noel (abt1898-1967) – a civil servant and local preacher
  • Louisa Marjorie (b1900)
  • Thomas Parker (1902-1925)

Thomas died on 31 May 1947 at Hornsea, Yorkshire.


  • 1892 Hornsea
  • 1896 Barton on Humber
  • 1898 Scotter
  • 1902 Winterton
  • 1906 Hull IV
  • 1908 Hull III
  • 1912 Grimsby III
  • 1919 Hull V
  • 1923 Long Eaton
  • 1929 Barnoldswick
  • 1932 Hornsea
  • 1935 Hornsea (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919/388; 1920/386; 1921/772

Methodist Minutes 1947/151

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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