Fail, George (1845-1912)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912

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

Bro. Geo. Fail, of Morpeth, in the Ashington Circuit, was born in Newcastle in 1845, and in early life removed to the neighbourhood of Choppington, where, after working in the mines from the age of thirteen, he commenced a successful business career thirty years ago. 

Converted when twelve years old he joined our Guide Post society and remained a member and official for 41 years. On removing to Morpeth in 1899 he joined the Church there, and has been a mainstay of the society since. Truly we may say he died in harness. 

Bro. Fail was a typical Northumbrian, sturdy in frame, alert in mind, devout in spirit. Possessed of Scottish caution, he was yet always ready to work for his Church with true enthusiasm, and showed a splendid loyalty to her interests. Prior to the interment in Morpeth churchyard on Feb. 10th a service was held in our church, in which Revs. J.H. Loveday, W. Pickering and Mr. W.H. Hughes took part. Rev. Geo. Fawcett represented the District Committee. Our sympathies are with the widow and two sons who mourn his loss.


George was born in 1845 at Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, to parents George, a coal miner, and Margaret. He was baptised on 9 September 1845 at St John, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Census returns identify the following occupations for George.

  • 1851 scholar
  • 1861 coal miner
  • 1871 miner
  • 1881 coal miner
  • 1891 general dealer
  • 1901 general dealer
  • 1911 retired china merchant

He married Elizabeth Birtley (abt1846-1934) in the spring of 1867 in the Morpeth Registration District, Northumberland. Census returns identify four children.

  • Samuel Birtley (1868-1871)
  • John George (1870-1871)
  • Samuel Birtley (1872-1952) – a glass and china merchant (1911)
  • George Alfred (1876-1956) – a general dealer hardware etc.

George died on 6  February 1912 at Morpeth, Northumberland.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/413

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