Painton, George (1838-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.G.

George Painton was born at Longworth, October 2nd, 1839, and passed the whole of his life there. He commenced to work on the land when about nine years of age for a wage of twopence per day. Converted in young manhood, he soon afterwards married the widow of one of our deceased local preachers, James Holliday, who was at that time society steward. Their home was for forty years the home of the ministers and local preachers. 

George Painton soon became a local preacher, and sustained the work until old age weakened his frame. He rejoiced in the memory of those labours until the end, and that he had any small part in helping to send forth James Dobson into the ministry.

In addition to his work on the circuit he acted as society steward and chapel treasurer for more than forty years. During those years he saw the new chapel built and the society reach a membership of about seventy members with seven local preachers. 

In July, 1913, Mrs. Painton was smitten with illness and in nursing her he himself became ill and died in about a week, passing away on July 18th. On the evening of that day a memorial service was held in the Longworth Chapel.


George was born on 2 October 1838 at Longworth, Berkshire, to parents John Painton, who worked the land (1851), and Jane Butler.

Census returns identify the following occupations for George.

  • 1851 no occupation
  • 1861 agricultural labourer
  • 1871 agricultural labourer
  • 1881 farm labourer
  • 1891 farm labourer
  • 1901 farm labourer
  • 1911 retired labourer on farm

He married Emma Holliday (abt1830-1916) in early 1866 in the Farringdon Registration District, Berkshire.

George died on 18 July 1913 at Longworth, Berkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/77

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Records identify that George was born in 1838, not 1839 as stated in the obituary.

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