Pope, George Henry (1855-1910)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by A.A. Kidwell

In the death of Mr. George H. Pope the Whitehall Church in the Bristol First Circuit has lost one of its most beloved officials. On Saturday morning, December 10th, 1910, he went about his usual duties, but was called “home” before dinner-time. The suddenness of his death proved a great shock to his delicate wife, his family of eleven children, to his relatives and friends. The funeral was a large one, attended by many persons representing different Christian institutions. Twenty-one beautiful wreaths were placed upon his grave. 

His church was his main interest in life next to his home. He was assistant Society Steward, superintendent of the Sunday School, and President of the Band of Hope. He was a weak man physically, but his calm faith in God made him a mighty spiritual force. Though many people are often complaining, the writer never heard Mr. Pope murmur or say an unkind word about anyone. A kind and encouraging word could always be expected from him. In his presence one’s troubles seemed to vanish and a peace entered one’s life. In business meetings he was usually quiet but influential. His quiet, refined manner calmed irritable and impatient. 

Children looked tenderly at the window of the room that contained the coffin of their kind-hearted superintendent.


George was born in 1855 at Abersychan, Monmouthshire, to parents Henry Pope and Caroline Young.

Census returns identify the following occupations for George

  • 1871 haulier
  • 1881 coal miner
  • 1891 insurance agent
  • 1901 caretaker at board school

He married Emma Maria (Mary) Sumner (1858-1932) in late 1877 at Pontypool, Monmouthshire. Census returns identify 13 children.

  • Mary Ann (1878-1933) – married Arthur Thomas Williams, an assistant pawnbroker (1911), in 1905
  • Alice Maud (1881-1885)
  • Agnes Alberta (abt1883-1938) – council school caretaker (1911); married John Gilbert Roach in 1914
  • William George (1885-1952) – a chocolate manufacturer (1911); insurance agent (1939)
  • Hubert Ernest (1887-1967) – warehouseman – hats and caps (1911); warehouse clerk (1939)
  • Alice Maud (1889-1983) – a chocolate coverer (1911); married Samuel Herbert Ford in 1916; married Arthur W. Crook, a postman (1939), in 1921
  • Florence Caroline (1891- – council school teacher (1911); married Joseph Lawrence Burgess, a grocery shop assistant (1939), in 1919
  • Arthur Henry (1892-1966) – student teacher (1911); school master (assistant) (1939)
  • Gertrude Nellie (1894-1986) – married Archibald V Bond in 1916; divorced before 1939; a cook (1939); married William Patrick Moore in 1950
  • Edith May (1895-1951) – chocolate packer (1911); married Bertie Bruce Foss, a railway guard (1939), in 1921
  • Albert John (1897-1953) – general labourer (1939)
  • Hilda Elizabeth (1899-1984) – married Frank Leslie Harrison in 1959

George died on 10 December 1910 at Bristol, Gloucestershire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911/158

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