Burton, George Barnard (1834-1857)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by George Tetley

GEORGE BARNARD BURTON was brought to the saving knowledge of the truth through the instrumentality of the Wesleyan Methodists, at Clay Stanton, in the county of Shropshire, in the seventeenth year of his age. Providential circumstances, however, led him to unite in church fellowship with the Primitive Methodist Connexion. In the course of time he was recommended as suitable to travel, and was regularly called into the ministry by the general missionary committee, and appointed to labour on the Hammersmith mission. The Conference of 1856 stationed him for the Bedford circuit, where he was generally esteemed by the people. 

He was considered a young man of eminent piety, and of very promising talents. But the precarious state of his health at length compelled him to leave the field of labour and repair to Birmingham, to reside among his friends, in order to restore his declining strength. But his complaint baffled the skill of all his medical attendants; he became entirely prostrated, and after several months of severe suffering, which he endured with Christian resignation and submission to the Divine will, he departed this life March 17th, 1857, in the second year of his itinerancy, aged twenty-three years.


George was born in 1834 at Bitterley, Shropshire.

Before entering the ministry George worked as a shoemaker.

George died on 17 March 1857 at Birmingham. he was laid to rest in Key Hill Cemetery, Birmingham.


  • 1855 Hammersmith
  • 1856 Bedford


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1857/392

PM Minutes 1857/5

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

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