Dickinson, Thomas (1856-1941)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915

Early years

Thomas was born in 1856 at Dalton in Furness to parents John and Catherine (Kate). John worked as a labourer. His brothers, James and William, were also PM Ministers.

Thomas decided at the age of fourteen, in a Sunday School Bible Class, to devote all his powers to the service of Christ. From that moment he became a committed worker for the Church with his main strength given to Sunday School and evangelistic missions. He was called to local preaching at the age of seventeen. In 1878, he entered the Sunderland Institute to prepare form ministry.


As a preacher, Thomas was thoughtful, evangelical, concise and clear. The message was delivered with the emphasis of spiritual reality and the passion of love for souls.

His obituary records that Thomas was a man of strong convictions, and was an official of the Manx Temperance Federation.


Thomas married Margaret Isabella Corjeag (abt1850-1913) in 1884 on the Isle of Man. Census returns identify two children.

  • John Thomas Corjeag (b1886) – a traveller sewing machines (1911)
  • Florrie (b abt1892)

Thomas died on 20 April 1941 at Ramsey, Isle of Man.


  • Sunderland
  • 1879 Blackburn II
  • 1882 Douglas II
  • 1884 Sheffield V
  • 1887 Chesterfield II
  • 1889 Barrowford
  • 1892 Manchester I
  • 1895 Hull II
  • 1899 Nottingham I
  • 1902 Burnley II
  • 1905 Normanton
  • 1908 Upton Park
  • 1911 Maryport
  • 1915 Ramsey
  • 1919 Ramsey (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/254

Methodist Minutes 1941/176

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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