Pidsley, George Thomas Dunn (1854-1934)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913

Early years

George was born in 1854 at Lympstone, Devon, to parents William Pidsley and Miriam Tremlett. William worked the land. George was baptised on 19 March 1854 at Lympstone.

His parents attended the Anglican Church and George , for the most part, received his education, both secular and religious, through the Anglican Church. George was confirmed but found the confirmation ceremony to be insufficient and lacking. George found conversion through the ministry of Rev George Warner when he was sixteen. At the age of nineteen, George was induced to preach in his own village, with members of his own family in the congregation. George found his way to Bristol, where the Wesleyans supplied him with a free hand for open-air and house-to-house work. During his brief stay in Bristol, by means of an Anglican Home Missionary Meeting, George heard a call to wider work. In due course, with advice from Rev Joseph Toulson, George applied and was accepted for the PM ministry and became a ‘home missionary’.


His obituary records that George possessed a magnificent physique; he was indefatigable in service. No journey was too long and no weather too rough for him to go to an appointment in a village or hamlet. And the people went because they knew he would be there. He would tramp miles in all kinds of weather to visit folks in trouble sorrow or bereavement. He was a great circuit-builder and a successful soul winner.


George married Mary Jane Chapman (1864-1934) in the summer of 1883 in the West Ashford Registration District, Kent. Census returns identify four children.

  • Lilian Annie (b1884) – married Rev Thomas Bullock, a PM Minister
  • Ethel Myfanwy (b1886) – married Albert Aaron Davies, a house painter (1911)
  • Herbert George Tremlett (1888-1963) – a garage proprietor (1934)
  • Elsie Mary (1891-1957) – married John Thomas Arthur Drury in 1922

George died on 3 May 1934 at Pant, nr Oswestry, Shropshire.


  • 1877 Buriton
  • 1878 Buckingham
  • 1879 St Neots
  • 1881 Maidstone
  • 1882 Chichester
  • 1884 Newtown
  • 1887 Oswestry
  • 1892 Shrewsbury
  • 1897 Sandbach
  • 1903 Nantwich
  • 1909 Crewe
  • 1913 Llanmynech
  • 1919 Llanmynech (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/630

Methodist Minutes 1934/219

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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  • Lillian Annie was my grandmother and died in 1974. my memory could be faulty, however I recall that she told me that she was one of six children.

    By David Charles Newton (04/02/2020)

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