Dinnick, Joseph Dunn (1844-1923)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907

Early years

Joseph was born on 31 December 1844 at Devonport, Devon to parents Thomas Dinnick and Mary Dunn. He was the youngest of a family of fourteen.

Joseph received a superior education, with special training in mathematics, mechanics, science and arts. He studied naval architecture. Joseph was converted early and spent a few years with the Wesleyans. Returning to the Primitive Methodists, Dr Samuel Antliff invited him to go to Fernando Po as a missionary, but widowed sisters and a widowed mother compelled him to decline. He became a local preacher on the Plymouth station and was called into the ministry in July 1870.


His obituary records that during the period of forty years of his ministry, Joseph reached a high level of usefulness and power. In some of the circuits difficulties were neither few nor small, yet he generally succeeded in re-establishing the cause and increasing its influence. Like his well-known brothers, Joseph had special gifts of personality and speech. He had a splendid physique, boundless energy, and powers of endurance, which few possess.

Joseph was intensely earnest and extremely diligent, especially in his care for the sick and the poor. Moreover, he was aflame with evangelistic passion. In circuit life he proved himself to be a painstaking administrator.

In his retirement, Joseph made two trips to Canada.


Joseph married Emma Jane Andrew (1837-1906) in the summer of 1874 at East Grinstead, Sussex. Census returns identify one child.

  • May (b1878) – married her cousin, Samuel Dunn Dinnick, a Methodist Minister in Canada (son of Rev John Dunn Dinnick)

Joseph died on 2 February 1923 at Hornsey, Middlesex.


  • 1870 Redhill
  • 1871 Merthyr Tydfil
  • 1874 Dover
  • 1876 Bethnal Green
  • 1877 Horsham
  • 1879 Halstead
  • 1882 Bromyard
  • 1883 Kingston
  • 1884 Watford
  • 1887 Dent
  • 1888 Aylesbury
  • 1891 Winchester
  • 1893 Luton II
  • 1896 Bournemouth
  • 1899 Margate
  • 1901 Watford
  • 1902 Plaistow
  • 1906 Holloway
  • 1909 Northwood
  • 1910 Haringey (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907/423; 1907/909 (wife); 1923/434

PM Minutes 1923/259

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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