Mann, David Thomas (1869-1946)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923

Early years

David was born in 1869 at Birkenhead, Cheshire, to parents Robert and Ann. Robert worked as a ship rigger

At the time of the 1891 census, David worked as a grocer’s apprentice.

David spent a year as a lay pastor in Liverpool before entering Hartley College in 1892.


His obituary records that David was a dedicated spirit, a good soldier of Jesus Christ, who had no need to be ashamed. Endowed with an exceptionally alert and vigorous mind, he filled the part of ‘Mr. Valiant-for-Truth’ with charity and sincerity. The pulpit to him was a place of vision and sacred trust. How he rejoiced in the proclamation of the Good News! And how he prayed and laboured to make sure that the message would get home to the hearts of his hearers.

After his retirement David became an active supernumerary in the Lymm circuit. Later he went to live in Chester and finally moved to Coventry about a year before he died.


David married Alice Sarah Griffies (1874-1961) in the summer of 1898 at Liverpool, Lancashire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Cromwell Griffies (1899-1989) – an accountant (1923)
  • Stanley Victor (1905-1986) – an accountant (1946)

David died on 18 April 1946 at Coventry, Warwickshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1894 Wigan
  • 1898 Winsford & Tarporley
  • 1899 Longton
  • 1902 Bradford III
  • 1903 Hull V
  • 1906 Lowton
  • 1909 Plymouth
  • 1913 Letchworth
  • 1918 Chorley
  • 1922 Hull VI
  • 1927 Crewe I
  • 1932 Reading
  • 1935 Lymm (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1923/628

Methodist Minutes 1946/144

R Newman Wycherley, The Pageantry of Methodist Union, 1932, p348

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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