Cook, George (1830-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by A.W.

Brother George Cook was born at Kemble, near Cirencester, on January 13th, 1830, and entered the spirit world at Ewen, July 1st, 1915, in his eighty-sixth year. In 1852 he became a member of our Church, and in 1853 a local preacher. 

To the work of preaching the gospel he gave much study and prayer. His great desire was faithfully to deliver his Master’s message. He often walked on Sunday from twenty to twenty-four miles to supply his appointments, preaching three times. On the following day he would be up at four in the morning, ready for his secular toil. 

At Poole – Keynes he was class leader for forty years. To support and train his family of fourteen children on a small weekly wage was a difficult task, but it was done, and in a very creditable manner. Mr. and Mrs. Cook were privileged to celebrate their diamond wedding on the 11th of October, 1911, amidst much rejoicing. 

When the end came our brother was like a shock of corn fully ripe. The funeral took place in the Kemble Cemetery. On the following Sunday a memorial service was conducted in the village chapel by Bro. Michael Saunders, of Cirencester.


George was born on 13 January 1930 at Kemble, Wiltshire, to parents Daniel Cook, a labourer (1841), and Elizabeth Wakefield. He was baptised on 7 February 1830 at Kemble.

Census returns identify the following occupations for George.

  • 1851 agricultural labourer
  • 1861 agricultural labourer
  • 1871 mason & PM local preacher
  • 1881 mason
  • 1891 mason
  • 1901 stone mason & PM local preacher
  • 1911 old age pensioner

He married Mary Arabella Uzzell (1831-1919) on 13 October 1851 at Poole Keynes, Wiltshire. Census returns identify eleven of fourteen children.

  • Arabella (1853-1870)
  • Ruth (1854-1918) – married Edwin Wixey, a shepherd (1911), in 1872
  • Elizabeth (1856-1928) – married Joseph New, a shepherd (1911), in 1888
  • George Daniel (1857-1924) – a telephone inspector (1901)
  • Amelia (1859-1932) – married Thomas Alfred Woodley, a domestic groom (1911), in 1880
  • Henry (1861-1937) – a mason (1881); Prudential Assurance agent (1891)
  • Charles Wakefield (1865-1938) – telephone work (1911)
  • Caroline Lilla (1867-1931) – a nurse (1901)
  • Stuart Frederick (b1869) – not identified after 1881
  • Fanny Matilda (1871-1964) – married George Henry Powell, a carter on farm (1911), in 1895
  • Jasper (1872-1954) – a bricklayer (1939)

George died on 1 July 1915 at Ewen, Wiltshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/831

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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