Kendall, Thomas (1816-1878)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1868

Thomas was born on 1 September 1816 at Atterby, Lincolnshire to parents Thomas Kendall and Fanny Dennis. He was baptised on 22 September 1816 at Bishop Norton, Lincolnshire. His brothers, Charles and Dennis, were also PM Ministers.

After leaving school, he worked as a groom on a farm .


Kendall writes of his uncle; ‘ Thomas Kendall was converted at Gainsborough, and began and ended his thirty-four years’ ministry in his native circuit. By his genial, kindly disposition and pastoral diligence he endeared himself to his people. His soul was full of music so that he sang as well as preached that gospel which he illustrated by his life.’

His obituary records; ‘In the pulpit he is solemn, earnest and impressive; he cracks no jokes, utters no vulgar witticisms; he deals in no idle speculations; he attempts no fine spun theories; he belongs to the old school; he is a plain Primitive Methodist preacher; he has in his earthen vessel a few gospel truths, which he deals out in language chaste, with evident intention to impress his hearers and make them better; he believes and therefore he speaks.’

There was a net increase of 600 on his stations.


Thomas married Hannah (1806-1890) in 1844.

Thomas died on 23 April 1878 at Doncaster, Yorkshire.


  • 1840 Scotter
  • 1841 Halifax
  • 1843 Louth
  • 1844 Swinefleet
  • 1845 Brentwood
  • 1846 Northampton
  • 1847 Gainsborough
  • 1849 Scotter
  • 1851 Alford
  • 1853 Market Rasen
  • 1855 Retford
  • 1857 Bridlington
  • 1859 Barton on Humber
  • 1861 Doncaster
  • 1864 Epworth
  • 1866 Patrington
  • 1869 Louth
  • 1872 Scotter
  • 1874 Doncaster (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1868 (portrait); 1878/564; 1893/52 (Hannah)

PM Minutes 1878/12

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1, p 431

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Comments about this page

  • Thomas married Hannah MOTTERSHAW/MORTISHAW 9 July 1844 at Hall Gate Independent Chapel Doncaster South Yorkshire.

    By Maria Borrill (17/03/2013)
  • Maria, Thank you for the correct information on Thomas wife.

    By Geoff Dickinson (17/03/2013)

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