George, Jeremiah (1840-1916)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by F.S.C.

By the death of Mr. Jeremiah George Primitive Methodism has lost another of its  stalwarts. After residing in the South-East of London for a few years as members of Spurgeon’s Tabernacle, Mr. and Mrs. George removed to East London, and became members of our Church at Chrisp Street, Poplar. Every Sabbath saw them in their places. Here they enjoyed the ministries of Revs. T.J. Gladwin and G.B. Gleghorn. 

On retiring from a prosperous business they removed to Ilford, and greatly assisted the Rev. R. Blair in the opening of the “tin tabernacle,” to which our brother was devotedly attached to the day of his death. All their five children became attached to our Church. For twenty years a trustee, and fifteen the treasurer of our Ilford property, his quiet, consistent Christian influence has been exemplary. 

Failing health did not permit him to take a prominent part, but his generosity was never appealed to in vain. He reached the ripe old age of seventy-six, and passed without fear or murmur into the “more abundant life” on August 25th, 1916.


Jeremiah was born in the spring of 1840 at Deopham, Norfolk, to parents Jeremiah George, a general shop-keeper (1851) and Mary Bales.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Jeremiah.

  • 1851 scholar
  • 1861 ironmonger’s assistant
  • 1871 clerk
  • 1881 ironmonger’s clerk
  • 1891 draper
  • 1901 living on own means
  • 1911 retired draper

He married Mary Sewell (1844-1938) on 3 June 1865 at St Mary Newington, Southwark, Surrey. Census returns identify five children.

  • Ellen Maud Mary (1868-1933) – draper’s assistant (1911)
  • Annie Caroline (1872-1925) – married George Henry Downer, a fruiterer (1911), in 1897
  • Edith (1874-1939) – married Lea Latimer Christmas, a photographer (1911), in 1895
  • Louis Sydney (1877-1976) – school board clerk (1901); municipal officer with London C.C. (1921)
  • Rose Kate (b1880)

Jeremiah died on 25 August 1916 at Ilford, Essex. He left an estate valued at £2,130.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/929

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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