Dyer, George (1840-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.J.H.

The subject of our sketch was a stalwart of village Methodism. The first society steward of the Queen Camel Chapel, Yeovil Circuit, he held that office until his death. A man of strong religious convictions, loyal to his church in times of persecution, he won the respect of all who knew him.

After a long illness he passed to meet his Lord at the age of seventy-three. The funeral on May 2nd, 1914, was conducted by Rev. E.W. Lees, of Blaenavon, who also on May 3rd preached a memorial sermon. The deceased leaves behind him a wife and son and daughter. Such loyalty to our Church, such generosity and integrity as our brother possessed are the strength of village Methodism.

Family

George was born in late 1840 at Queen Camel, Somerset, to parents Silas Dyer, who worked the land (1851), and Mary Willis. He was baptised on 31 December 1840 at Queen Camel.

Census returns identify the following occupations for George.

  • 1851 agricultural labourer
  • 1861 agricultural labourer
  • 1871 agricultural labourer
  • 1881 platelayer railway
  • 1891 platelayer on railway
  • 1901 railway platelayer
  • 1911 retired G.W.R. platelayer

He married Harriet Windsor (1842-1895) in the spring of 1863 at Queen Camel, Somerset. Census returns identify three children.

  • Frederick (b1863) – farm worker (1881)
  • Ellen Augusta (1864-1933) – dressmaker (1881); married Frederick Brooks, a saw mill foreman (1911), in 1882
  • Silas (1865-1925) – groom (1881); emigrated to Australia in 1883

He married Sarah Payne Roy, nee Windsor (1861-1938) in late 1896 in the Wells Registration District, Somerset.

  • Charles Thomas (1898-1970) – carpenter’s apprentice (1911)

George died on 29 April 1914 at Queen Camel, Somerset.

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/667

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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