Palmer, George (1853-1915)

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

The death of Mr. G. Palmer, of the Cobden St. Church and Circuit, Peterborough, on July 8th, 1915, has removed another of the older local preachers. Quaint, earnest, and happy in his preaching, he led many to the Saviour. At camp meetings, love-feasts, protracted meetings, he exerted a unique influence. How the country people loved him! With what pleasure he was listened to even in the city! 

During his later years a succession of troubles befel him. Yet how cheerful he was, how thankful for any little attention that was paid to him. He died as he had lived—confident and peacefully. His mortal remains were carried to the grave by some of his workmates on July 12th, after a short service in Cobden Street Church.


George was born in the summer of 1853 at Stoke under Ham, nr. Yeovil, Somerset, to parents John Palmer, a silk glove cutter (1861), and Emma Coombs. He was baptised on 2 June 1854 at Stoke under Ham.

Census returns identify the following occupations for George.

  • 1861 scholar
  • 1871 glove cutter
  • 1881 railway porter
  • 1891 railway porter
  • 1901 railway porter
  • 1911 railway porter

He married Sarah Farrow (1847-1923) on 11 September 1876 at St John, Peterborough, Northamptonshire. Census returns identify two of three children.

  • Sarah (1880-1965) – dressmaker (1911); married Lewin Jinks, a case hardener (1921), in 1916
  • Bessie (1882-1967) – a tailoress (1901); married Sam Herbert Clayton, an engineer’s fitter (1911), in 1903

George died on 8 July 1915 at Peterborough, Northamptonshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/829

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Stoke under Ham is also known as Stoke sub Hamdon.

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