Dinnick, John Dunn (1839-1900)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference by E.I. Badgley

JOHN DUNN DINNICK was born in England, March 25th, 1839, and died in Toronto, Canada, January 24th, 1900, in the 61st year of his age. Converted in early life he entered the Methodist Ministry in 1860, when he had just completed his 21st year. He laboured with eminent success on the following circuits:—Chatham, Maldon, Brighton, Ramsgate, Hammersmith (London), Redhill, dxeter, Guildford, Hastings, and a second term at both Chatham and Brighton.

After twenty-five years of faithful service, he asked in 1885 to be superannuated, and a few years afterwards, in 1889, he removed with his family to Toronto, Canada.

During the remaining eleven years of his life he was still earnest and active both with his tongue and pen in setting forth the teaching and doctrine that he so earnestly proclaimed during the public years of his ministry. He frequently preached in the Methodist pulpits of the City with general acceptability. His contributions to the press and religious periodicals were frequent and were characterized by intellectual strength and religious earnestness. His daily walk was marked by close communion with God, and after a short illness he sweetly fell asleep in Jesus. He leaves a widow and five children to survive him.


John was born on 25 March 1839 at Stoke Damerel, Devon, to parents Thomas, a rope maker, and Mary.

He married Charlotte Matilda Savery (abt1838-1912) in the summer of 1864 at Exeter, Devon. Census returns identify seven children.

  • John Ernest (1866-1886)
  • Augustus George Cuthbert (abt1867-1933) – a broker (1916)
  • Samuel Dunn (1868-1948) – a methodist minister (1921)
  • Annie Savery (b1870)
  • Danzy Vincent (abt1872-1894) – a ministerial student at time of death
  • Wilfred Servington (1874-1923) – a manager (1911)
  • Oswald Tilson (1882-1941) – a surgeon

John died on 24 January 1900 at York, Ontario, Canada.


  • 1860 Chatham
  • 1861 Maldon
  • 1863 Brighton
  • 1865 Ramsgate
  • 1868 Hammersmith
  • 1869 Redhill
  • 1872 Exeter
  • 1873 Guildford
  • 1878 Aldershot
  • 1879 Hastings
  • 1881 Chatham
  • 1883 Brighton II (S)


PM Minutes 1900/12

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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