Chappell, George Tesh (1871-1940)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1925
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1925

Early years

George was born in 1871 at Buxton, Derbyshire, to parents George Chappell and Sarah Hannah Tesh. George was baptised on 7 May 1871 at Buxton. George, senior, worked as a bath chair drawer (1871) and later as a mason’s labourer (1881).

George was converted through his Sunday school teacher, Mr. W Bradbury. Activity in the Sunday school led on to the position of local preacher. For a period he served as a hired local preacher at Southport before entering Hartley College.

George worked as a merchant’s clerk before entering the ministry.


George served five years as District Missionary Secretary. He also held the position of secretary of the Hull and Grimsby and Lincoln Ministerial Association for many years.

His obituary records that George was a man of sterling character, of unfaltering loyalty and courage. As a preacher he showed unusual devotional power, and as a pastor of deep understanding was beloved by his people, especially by the youth of the Church.


George married Sarah White (abt1875-1934) in late 1900 at Buxton, Derbyshire.

  • Edna Mabel (b1903) – married Geoffrey Gilbert George in 1929

George died on 16 December 1940 at Oakham, Rutland.


  • Hartley
  • 1896 Sheffield V
  • 1899 Doncaster I
  • 1903 Hull V
  • 1907 Hull III
  • 1911 Hull I
  • 1912 Scarborough II
  • 1914 Grimsby I
  • 1919 Cleethorpes
  • 1926 Scarborough I
  • 1933 Ashby de la Zouch, Burton Rd
  • 1936 Oakham (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919/388; 1925/150

Methodist Minutes 1941/167

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference.

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