Gooch, George Betts (1846-1914)

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

Blue Bell Hill Church, Nottingham V, Circuit, not only lost a trustee and society steward when George Betts Gooch crossed the river, on August 13th, 1914, in his sixty-eighth year, but it lost one of God’s good men. His name in the Church and in the neighbourhood will long be revered. His mother carried him in her arms as a child to the class meetings, and he grew up to love the means of grace. His enthusiasm in the temperance cause fifty years ago is still remembered. 

He came to Nottingham in 1881 and joined Hockley Society, which sent him, with others, to establish a Sunday school at Blue Bell Hill. No work was too hard for him, and he toiled mightily to build up the society at Blue Bell Hill. He loved Zion with a tender love; his presence at worship was regular; his gifts were generous to a degree. 

The funeral at Nottingham General Cemetery on August 15th, was conducted by Rev. W.H. Wright, assisted by Messrs. Henry Clarke, W.C. Voce, and W.H. Taylor. We pray God’s promises may be fulfilled to the widow in her great loss.


George was born in the spring of 1846 at Thetford, Norfolk, to parents William Gooch, a general dealer (1871), and Harriett Betts.

Census returns identify the following occupations for George.

  • 1871 general warehouseman
  • 1881 general fancy merchant
  • 1891 machine agent
  • 1901 house furnisher
  • 1911 house furnisher

He married Emmeline Yeadon (1853-1929) in the spring of 1873 in the Thetford Registration District, Norfolk.

George died on 13 August 1914 at Nottingham, Nottinghamshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/327

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Emmiline married John W Wakeling in 1920

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