Beeley, George Henry (1839-1917)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1896
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1896

Early years

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


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