Trussell, George (1823-1909)
Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by John W. Gregory
George Trussell for nearly 60 years was one of the most honoured and respected members of our Ashby-de-la-Zouch Church. When quite a young man he was led to a class meeting, and there in response to the Leader’s exhortation, he said, “This people shall be my people, and their God shall be my God,” and from that time to the end of a long life, he was a most useful and exemplary worker in our Church.
For 50 years he held the position of Sunday School Superintendent, and treasured the diploma he received for this work; for a similar number of years he discharged with wise and devoted attention the difficult duty of Society Steward. He lived to worship in three chapels, and to each he and his family contributed with great liberality.
As a man he had the respect and confidence of all who knew him; a man of reflection and reading, a real sermon taster, an attentive hearer, an inspiration to many a preacher, a most devout and reverent worshipper, a lover of good singing, a true and saintly soul.
He was beloved by his family, every member of which is a loyal supporter of our church.
He shed a fragrant influence, his quiet unobtrusive faithfulness was an evangel.
He passed to his reward on February 26th, 1909; an impressive funeral service was conducted by Rev. G.T. Fawcett amidst many tokens of sorrow and esteem.
George was born abt1823 at Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, to parents Joseph, a labourer (1841), and Elizabeth. He was baptised on 5 January 1823 at Ashby de la Zouch.
Census returns identify the following occupations for George.
- 1841 apprentice
- 1851 fellmonger (a dealer in hides or skins)
- 1861 leather dresser
- 1871 leather dresser
- 1881 leather dresser (currier)
- 1891 leather dresser (wdr)
- 1901 retired leather worker
He married Elizabeth Granger (abt1824-1882) on 30 October 1845 at All Saints, Hockley, Warwickshire. Census returns identify six children.
- Emma (b1846)
- Mary (abt1849-1928) – a general servant (1871); married James Bott, a railway clerk (1881), in 1875
- John (1854-1942) – a leather dresser (1891); a butcher (1911)
- Ann (1860-1899) – a stay maker (1891)
- William (abt1863-1929) – a railway clerk (1891)
- Elizabeth (b1865) – a grocer (1901)
George died on 26 February 1909 at Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/653
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