Felton, George (1848-1914)

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

George Felton on December 30th, 1914, quietly went forth to meet his God. A strong man, of deep religious convictions and the soul of honour, he was possessed of many fine and excellent qualities. His sterling integrity of character and sound judgment constituted him a leader and guide in our Church at Low Fell. His widow and family feel their loss is irreparable. 

At Widderington he rendered invaluable service as leader of the mission band. A local preacher for twenty-three years, earnest and passionate presentation of truth made his services greatly appreciated. As a teacher in the Sunday school young men listened to his words with deep interest and profit. As society steward at Bebside, he piloted the Church through a period of strain and trial. 

He held the office of Worthy Patriarch and Cadet Patron among the Sons of Temperance. A member of the District Committee and of the Free Church Council, he was also a trustee and class leader at our Low Fell Church. 

The funeral at Sheriff Hill was conducted by Revs. G.G. Alderson, T.J. Grainger and Henry Pratt.


George was born in 1848 at Cassop Colliery, Co. Durham, to parents George Felton, a coal miner (1851), and Ann Morgan. He was baptised on 22 October 1848 at Kelloe, Co. Durham

Census returns identify the following occupations for George.

  • 1861 no occupation
  • 1871 coal miner
  • 1881 coal miner
  • 1891 coal miner
  • 1901 under manager coal miner

He married Isabella Robinson (1849-1927) in late 1869 in the Tynemouth Registration District, Northumberland. Census returns identify five of nine children.

  • Ann (1871-1893) – a dressmaker (1891)  
  • Hannah (1872-1939) – married John Coates, a colliery under manager (1901),  in 1892
  • Joseph (1873-1888)
  • Alice (1875-1953) – married William Smith Anderson, a colliery winding engine man (1901), in 1896
  • John Robinson K.B.E. (1880-1962) – junior inspector of mines (1911); head inspector of mines (1921)

George died on 30 December 1914 at Low Fell, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/415

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Online records report his death on 29 December 1914, not 30 December as stated in the obituary.

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