Jeffries, George (1853-1916)

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

The decease of Mr. George Jeffries, of West Norwood, London, leaves a sense of profound loss in his home, and also in the Knight’s Hill Church. A local preacher for more than forty years, an earnest worker in the Sunday school and Band of Hope, he will be sorely missed. 

Early  in life he was associated with the Croydon Circuit, but the last twenty-seven years were spent on the Forest Hill Circuit. He was a trustee of the Knight’s Hill Church from its erection. Generous, capable, and proud of his denomination, Mr. Jeffries gave unstintedly both time and means to promote its prosperity. He did a great deal of good work quietly. For many years he filled the important office of district secretary of the Independent Order of Rechabites. 

The last rites were observed in the Knight’s Hill Church, on May 16th, and later in Norwood Cemetery. Rev. G. Bennett paid a fitting tribute. Rev. L.H. Wood conducted the committal service. Much sympathy is felt with the widow and family, of whom three sons have joined the Colours.


George was born abt1853 at Kingston Bagpuize, Berkshire, to parents Jonathan Jefferies, who worked the land (1861), and Elizabeth Barson.

Census returns identify the following occupations for George.

  • 1871 agricultural labourer
  • 1881 house painter
  • 1891 house painter
  • 1901 house decorator
  • 1911 friendly societies secretary

He married Susan Cooper (1856-1932) in the summer of 1878 in the Kingston, Surrey Registration District. Census returns identify ten children.

  • Jonathan Herbert (1879-1957) – wholesale grocer’s warehouse foreman (1911)
  • George William (1880-1963) – a house painter (1911)
  • Mary Elizabeth (1882-1918) – domestic cook (1911)
  • James Edward (1884-1945) – a house painter (1911)
  • Harry (1886-1918) – a printer (1911); died in WW1
  • Rose (1888-1977) – a domestic parlour maid (1911); married Edward Gordon Sims, a club hall porter (1939), in 1912
  • Susan Clara (1890-1966) – a domestic parlour maid (1911); married Alfred John Barrett, a carpenter (1921), in 1914
  • Frank (1893-1970) – a building society clerk (1911)
  • Arthur (1895-1958) – a grocery assistant (1911)
  • Sidney Ernest (1898-1983) – a banking clerk (1921)

George died on 10 May 1916 at Norwood Cottage Hospital, London.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/927

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: The surname is spelt Jefferies in early records.

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