Hindley, Thomas (1818-1884)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1875

Early years

Thomas was born on 1 December 1818 at Croft, Lancashire to parents Edward and Mary. He was baptised on 27 December 1818 at Winwick, Lancashire.

When Thomas was 7 the family moved to Lawton, nr Leigh. His parents were ‘church’ people and Thomas was a member of the choir. When he was 22, Thomas was converted through the efforts of David Tuton and Robert Kaye.

Thomas joined the Primitive Methodists at Lawton. Being full of zeal, holy fire, and consecrated love, he soon became useful, and gave evidence of intellectual power of no mean order. He became a class leader and local preacher.


His obituary records that Thomas was honest, true to his trust, loyal to the Connexion, attentive to small things, honourable to his successors; a strict disciplinarian, well read in the polity of the church; and an earnest, practical preacher; his integrity was unimpeachable, and we believe that his chief aim was the conversion of men and the building up of the Church of Christ.


Thomas married Maria Naylor (1827-1911) in the spring of 1851 at Salford, Lancashire. Census returns identify nine children.

  • Mary (1852-1935) – married James Brennand, a draper
  • Nathaniel (1852-1897) – a clerk
  • Maria (1854-1874)
  • Elizabeth Astle (b1859) – married John Mitchell Taylor, a hat and clothier, later a Methodist evangelist (1911)
  • Eliza Pembrey (1859-1919) – married James William Metcalfe and later William Henry Comins
  • Thomas Edward (1864-1916) – a salesman
  • Catherine Warburton (1867-1947)
  • Ellen Cooper (1870-1875)
  • John Cooper (1875-1951) – a salesman

Thomas died on 4 June 1884 at Rochester, Kent.


  • 1847 Chester
  • 1848 Manchester
  • 1850 New Mills
  • 1851 Preston Brook
  • 1852 Northwich
  • 1853 Castletown
  • 1855 Stalybridge
  • 1857 Bolton
  • 1860 Douglas
  • 1861 Haslingden
  • 1865 Birkenhead
  • 1868 Manchester ll
  • 1871 Rochdale
  • 1872 Manchester lV
  • 1875 Knowlwood
  • 1878 Bacup
  • 1880 Manchester ll
  • 1883 Manchester Vlll
  • 1883 Chatham


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1875 (portrait)

PM Minutes 1884/18

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 2, p28

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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