Ford, George (1853-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 

Mr. George Ford was born at Aldborough on April 11th, 1853, was born again in 1868, and married Miss Thompson on June 7th, 1876. Two of his children died in childhood; four sons and six daughters survive their father, and joy to call him blessed. 

In his earlier years he served in the parcel department of the N.E. Railway Company in Hull, whence he was promoted to stationmaster, first at Speeton, and then at North Ferriby. While at Speeton he unweariedly worked and worshipped in the Wesleyan Church, there being no other Free Church in the parish; but at North Ferriby he rejoined the Primitive Methodist Church. Finding the church mulcted with debt, he rested not till it was removed. 

In mind he was alert, in mien gallant, in mood gracious. Generous, faithful, chivalrous, in character he was Christly; in fact, his heart was full of love, which cast out all fear and purified his life. 

On February 17th, 1915, he passed away. On February 20th, the funeral was conducted by Revs. Wm. Pigott, D.D., F.J. Mann (Wesleyan), Wm. Swales, and J. Bowness, the Vicar joining them at the graveside.


George was born on 11 April 1853 at Aldborough, Yorkshire, to parents Thomas Ford, who worked the land (1861), and Mary Barnes. He was baptised on 6 May 1853 at Aldborough.

Census returns identify the following occupations for George.

  • 1871 farm servant
  • 1881 railway porter
  • 1891 railway station master
  • 1901 station master
  • 1911 station master

He married Ellen Thompson (1858-1925) on 7 June 1876 at Hull, Yorkshire. Census returns identify ten of twelve children.

  • George Frederick (1879-1928) – a railway porter (1901); a van salesman (1921)  
  • Mary Ellen (1881-1939) – a grocer & confectioner (1911); married Joseph Sanderson Longman, a newsagent & stationer (1911), in 1911
  • Florence (1883-1928) – married Alfred William Harrison, a bricklayer (1911), in 1906
  • Eliza (1885-1914) – married Robert Aston, a grocery manager (1911), in 1908
  • Ernest Henry (1889-1977) – a manufacturer’s clerk (1921)  
  • Arthur Barnes (1891-1951) – a sub-postmaster (1939)   
  • Alice May (b1893)
  • William Albert (1895-1917) – died in WW1 on S.S. Cambric – sunk by a German submarine
  • Elsie (1897-1962) – married Frederick Pilkington, chief clerk book-keeper (1939), in 1919
  • Eveline (b1900)  – a cashier (1921)     

George died on 17 February 1915 at North Ferriby, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/578

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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