Pinnock, Tom Mostyn (1846-1916)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1902

Early years

Tom was born on 29 October 1846 at Newbury, Berkshire to parents Thomas Pinnock and Mary Norris. Thomas was a leather dresser and Mary a glover at the time of the 1851 census.

Tom was converted at the age of fourteen, while listening to an address In the Newbury Sunday school by Mr Samuel Turner of Reading. Two years later he was on the plan as a local preacher.


At Swindon, Tom superintended the erection of Regent Street Chapel.

Whilst at Oxford, Tom attended University classes through ten terms taking classics and mathematics. Whilst at Birkenhead, Tom served as Secretary, and afterwards as President, of the Free Church Council.

Two years before his death, Tom finally achieved the degree of Doctor of Literature.

His obituary records that he was richly gifted – had a beautiful voice, a mind well-stored and disciplined, and was prodigal in service. He was in great demand as a preacher and lecturer.

In the April before his death, he went to supply in Glasgow for a Presbyterian minister who was doing duty as a chaplain in the Army.

Speaking at his funeral, Rev F.W. Henishall said; “Preaching with him was a passion. It was for that he lived, for that he prayed, for that he worked. In his sermons there was intellectual power, expressed with lucidity and beauty of diction; and as he spoke, men felt that behind the word there was true manliness, and in his soul there was true sympathy. I think if I had to sum up his religious life in one word, I should say that he was a wonderful combination-the practical man and the mystic. He had a living interest in his people. He studied and knew them, and so in his pulpit messages it was to them he could speak. And as he spoke new hopes were born, new ambitions were kindled, new light came.”


Tom married Louisa Dover Blyth (1840-1882) in the summer of 1870 at Guildford, Surrey.

Tom married Caroline Jones (1849-1910) in the summer of 1883 at Buckley, Flintshire. Census returns identify four children.

  • William Arthur (1885-1920) – a bank clerk
  • Jane Eleanor (1887-1948)
  • Beatrice Mary (1889-1958)
  • James Hughes (1891-1943) – a fruit brokers apprentice (1911)

James married Hannah Redfern in late 1911 at Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire.

Tom died on 16 August 1916 at Douglas, Isle of Man.


  • 1866 Chipping Norton
  • 1868 Banbury
  • 1870 Motcombe
  • 1872 Brinkworth
  • 1877 Swindon
  • 1878 Oxford
  • 1882 Buckley
  • 1886 Manchester III
  • 1888 Lavender Hill
  • 1895 Birkenhead I
  • 1902 Douglas
  • 1907 Birkenhead
  • 1911 Leek
  • 1912 Hastings
  • 1914 Douglas (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1902/883; 1916/856

PM Minutes 1917/260

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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  • Tom was my 4th cousin 4 times removed. From researching him as part of my family tree it looks like his middle name “Mostyn” was an affectation he acquired in his early 40s as before 1892, when he’s listed in a newspaper report as attending a conference in Norwich, there is no trace of his having any middle name. The 1901 census is first “official” document where he used the name. Where from or why he acquired it is a mystery.

    By Pete Norris (10/11/2021)

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