Beeley, George Henry (1839-1917)
George was born in 1839 at Sheepridge, nr Huddersfield, Yorkshire, to parents Jonathan and Christiana. Jonathan was a woollen spinner.
George’s parents were Wesleyan and brought him up in that tradition. George was converted at the age of about 20 when he attended a revival service conducted by Rev Henry Hatherley in a nearby PM chapel. He joined the Primitive Methodists and continued to be mentored by Henry.
George was a powerful preacher of Gospel truth. His obituary records that he was a big man; in mental power he was well endowed; in zeal and in spiritual intensity a flame of fire.
George married Sarah Marsden Taylor (1834-1921) on 4 July 1866 at Christ Church, Woodhouse, nr Huddersfield. Census returns identify three children.
- Elizabeth Ann (1867-1953) – married John Thomas Field, a textile manufacturer
- Clara Ellen (1869-1943)
- Horace Ward (1872-1935) – a printer compositor (1901)
George died on 31 January 1917 at Skelmanthorpe, nr Huddersfield, Yorkshire.
- 1862 Knaresborough
- 1864 Clayton west
- 1866 Thirsk
- 1869 Dewsbury
- 1871 Heckmondwike
- 1874 Shipley
- 1881 Hull II
- 1883 Scarborough
- 1888 Stockton
- 1893 Derby I
- 1894 Harrogate
- 1897 Huddersfield
- 1901 Idle & Calverley
- 1904 Shipley (Sup)
- 1905 Windhill (Ac)
- 1908 Shipley (Sup)
- 1911 Leeds
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1896/403
PM Minutes 1917/249
W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers