Betts, George (1855-1918)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907

Transcription of Magazine ‘Sketch’

Mr George Betts is the Circuit Steward of Manchester I., and has filled a large place in the life of the Church and School for several years. An acceptable Local Preacher, founder and first President of the Christian Endeavour Society, and conductor of a successful P.S.A. which grew out of his select class, he has been a generous supporter of our Church. Recently when ill health compelled his removal to the country the members and friends of Collyhurst hung a large framed portrait of him, suitably inscribed, in the Sunday School. Born at Hanwell (Oxon.), he attended our Sunday School there. Services were held in a cottage and Mr Betts remembers helping his father make straw mats for people to kneel on. When seventeen he came to Leeds and was converted under the preaching of Dr. Joseph Wood. Removing to another part of the town he joined the New Connexion, and rendered valuable service till his removal to Manchester when he again associated himself with our Church, which he has faithfully served for many years.


Family and other information

George was born in late 1855 at Hanwell, Oxfordshire to parents James and Ann. James worked the land.

George married Sarah Ann Boys (1854-1935) on 10 January 1876 at Leeds, Yorkshire. Census returns identify six children.

  • Mary (1877-1927) – married Alfred Littler, an insurance manager (1911)
  • Jane (1879-1946) – married Herbert Jones, an insurance agent
  • William (1881-1959) – an insurance agent
  • Mabel (b1885) – married Frank Grimshaw Percival, a manufacturer’s agent (1911)
  • George (b1891) – an estate agent (1911)
  • Annie (1893-1918) – married Frank H Knowles

George died on 24 October 1918 at Sandbach, Cheshire.


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Comments about this page

  • James Betts is the father of George Betts. His Grandfather was Samuel Betts. George also had a brother Samuel who can be found on this site.
    James Betts was the brother of my Gt, Gt, Gt Grandfather William Betts.

    By Valerie Driscoll (28/12/2018)
  • Hi Jane,

    I agree that the marriage certificate identifies his father as Samuel, a labourer. The 1861 and 1871 census returns give his father’s name as James. In 1861 the surname is recorded as Bets.

    By Geoff Dickinson (28/11/2017)
  • Hello,

    I am wondering about the father of George Betts.  Here you have listed as James Betts, however, on the marriage certificate of George Betts and Sarah Ann Boys (Jan 1876) Samuel Betts is listed as the father of George Betts.  Just looking for any confirmation that you may have that Samuel is not the father of George.

    Thank You

    By Jane Andreychuk (27/11/2017)

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