Worrill, Thomas (1798-1873)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1859
Copy provided by Steven Carter

Early Years

Thomas was born in Quebec, Canada, in 1798. His parents brought him to England as an infant. His father died when Thomas was two and he was brought up by his paternal grandparent near Doncaster. Thomas worked as a farm labourer.


Thomas attended a Camp Meeting at Mexborough, nr Doncaster on 3 June 1821. Reports suggest between ten and twenty thousand people attended. Thomas underwent his conversion experience at the meeting. He soon became a local preacher but continued to work as a farmer until 1834 when he became an itinerant minister.


Thomas married Mary Atkinson (b1813) at Selby in 1839. Census returns identify two children.

  • James (b1842) – a grocer, but in prison in 1881
  • Hannah (1844-1917) – married William Hipkin who was briefly a PM Minister, then a draper and general outfitter, and later became a Congregational Minister. William and Hannah emigrated to Canada in 1903.

Thomas died on 23 June 1873 at Selby, Yorkshire.


  • 1834 Retford
  • 1835 Ashby de la Zouch
  • 1837 Boston
  • 1839 Chesterfield
  • 1841 Winster
  • 1843 Barnsley
  • 1845 Bottesford
  • 1847 Lincoln
  • 1849 Horncastle
  • 1851 Earl Shilton
  • 1852 Rugby
  • 1853 Kniveton
  • 1855 Sileby
  • 1856 Ashby de la Zouch
  • 1858 Chesterfield
  • 1860 Oxton
  • 1862 Coningsby
  • 1863 Cambridge
  • 1865 Burton on Trent
  • 1867 Bolsover
  • 1869 Selby (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1859/577; 1874/304

PM Minutes 1874/5

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Author’s Note: The surname is variously recorded as Worrill, Worrell, Worrall in the records. I have used the name as recorded in his obituary.

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  • Very interesting information.  Thomas Worrill was my great, great grandfather

    By Keren Smith (Hipkin) (13/07/2014)

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