Race, George J.P. (1834-1911)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909

Transcription of Magazine ‘Sketch’

The Senior Steward of the Westgate Circuit is a man of unusual gifts and acquirements. He has throughout life been a great reader and a close student of nature. He is passionately devoted to his native dale, and has an extensive knowledge of its geological formations and botanical products. His father was a king among men, and helped to give Primitive Methodism its strong position in Weardale. In addition to Circuit Chancellor Mr. Race fills the position of local preacher and class leader.

Though over seventy-four years of age he is wonderfully vigorous, and his mental alertness is undiminished. He has all the best characteristics of the sturdy dalesman, and is possessed of great stores of knowledge of the most varied character.

He has filled many public offices, including that of County Councillor for many years; and twelve months ago he was made a Justice of the Peace. Everywhere in Weardale the name of Race is held in profoundest respect.


Family and other information

George was born abt1834 at Stanhope, Co. Durham, to parents George Race and Martha Coultard. George was a grocer and draper.

Census returns suggest that George was brought up by his maternal grandmother.

Census returns gave the following occupations for George.

  • 1851 joiner
  • 1861 joiner
  • 1881 builder
  • 1891 architect and builder
  • 1901 builder

George was involved in the erection of a number of PM Chapels, e.g. Westgate PM Chapel, and Wolsingham.

George married Pheobe Walton (1835-1892) in late 1857 in the Weardale Registration District. Census returns identify six children.

  • Martha (1858-1911) – married James Lowther, a farmer and cattle dealer
  • George (1859-1863)
  • Annie (abt1863-1900)
  • William (b1865)
  • Elizabeth (abt1868-1940) – married Elisha Coulthard, a stone quarryman
  • Thomas (1872-1946) – a builder and joiner

George died on 19 March 1911 at Westgate, Stanhope, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909/708

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Comments about this page

  • This page was modified on 22 December 2016 to add a transcription of a sketch published in the Christian messenger 1899.

    By Geoff Dickinson (22/12/2016)

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