Hunter, George (1831-1912)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912

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

By the death of Mr. George Hunter on April 22nd, 1912, at the age of eighty-one years, the Church at Withernsea lost one of its founders, and the Patrington Circuit an esteemed official. Converted in early manhood, he always retained the early Methodist type of character—sincere, fervent, deeply spiritual, demonstrative. Nearly sixty years ago he came to Withernsea, and at once threw in his lot with the infant society. Of our first chapel in the growing village he was a diligent promoter and trustee. When a Sunday School was commenced he was one of the workers. Presiding at the meeting which celebrated its jubilee last year, he narrated an interesting account of the circumstances attending its origin. He was a local preacher through a long term of years, regularly taking his appointments almost until the end. Chapel building schemes always found in him a liberal supporter. The means of grace were his great delight. 

The last few months of his life were seasons of great suffering, in which he found sustenance in the grace of the ever-present God. He was interred in the Withernsea Cemetery on April 25th, amid many tokens of appreciation, the Circuit ministers officiating.


George was born abt1831 at Cottingham, Yorkshire.

Census returns identify the following occupations for George.

  • 1851 labourer
  • 1861 master grocer
  • 1871 druggist and grocer
  • 1881 druggist and grocer
  • 1891 druggist, grocer and post office
  • 1901 chemist and postmaster
  • 1911 no business – retired grocer

He married Rebecca Brown (1828-1870) on 25 November 1850 at Keyingham, Yorkshire. Census returns identify ten children.

  • Ann Elizabeth (1852-1914) – a domestic servant (1871); married Robert Warrington, a railway guard (1891), on 1 January 1873    
  • Dinah (1853-1922) – a domestic housekeeper (1881); married John Edward Suddaby, a fruiterer & corn dealer (1891), in 1885
  • George Leonard (1854-1904) – a licensed victualler (1901)
  • William Edwin (1856-1914) – a joiner and builder (1911)     
  • Thomas (1858-1925) – a railway clerk (1911)
  • Mary Jane (b1860) – married Francis Glanville Kemp, a grocer and dealer in wines and spirits (1911), on 29 January 1883
  • John (1862-1938) – a bricklayer’s apprentice (1881); emigrated to Australia; died in New Zealand
  • Maria (1864-1924) – married Hosea Mason, a cattle dealer (1901), in 1885
  • Arthur James (1865-1925) – a joiner & carpenter (1901); emigrated to USA
  • Everett (1868-1931) – emigrated to USA; a boat builder (1920)

He married Elizabeth Gothorpe, nee Massam (1843-1929) on 4 March 1886 at Hull, Yorkshire. 

George died on 22 April 1912 at Withernsea, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/743

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