Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by G Price
GEORGE DAVIES, travelling preacher, was born in the parish of Cascob, near Presteign, in the county of Radnor, on January 8th, 1824, In his natural state he was sober, industrious, and of a reflective turn of mind. He was convinced of sin under the ministry of the Primitive Methodists towards the close of the year 1843, and then sought God with all his heart, and found him to the joy of his soul. In 1844, his name was put on the Presteign circuit-plan as an exhorter, and he was soon raised to the office of a local preacher. This office he sustained between three and four years, during which time he laboured with zeal, diligence, acceptance, and usefulness in his native circuit. In 1848, he received a call to the itinerancy from the Tredegar circuit, to which call he responded, and entered upon his labours on July 6th of the same year. Here he laboured with general acceptance and success, until his labours were terminated by affliction and death. His disposition was agreeable and kind, and he made himself at home in the families that entertained him, which won him general respect. He was a good family visitor, making on an average fifty or sixty pastoral visits weekly.
Brother Tuffin, his late superintendent, speaks of him as follows:— “I believe brother Davies possessed talents capable of considerable improvement, and that had he been spared a few years longer, he would have been a very acceptable and useful preacher. He had a relish for reading and study, to both of which he paid close attention; he was also properly attentive to the general business of the circuit. He was deeply pious, being ever careful to maintain intimate intercourse with his Maker. Piety appeared to influence him in all his movements, and it shone in all his conduct.”
But although his abilities were promising, his manner of speaking was far from being easy to himself. He spoke loudly, and with his voice generally at the same height, which is thought to have injured his constitution, and to have hastened his death, For some weeks previous to his being wholly laid aside, he complained of being poorly. He preached for the last time at Rhymney, on Friday, February 1st, 1850; his text was 2 Tim. iv, 7,8; “I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” After the service he was assisted by two of our brethren to a friend’s house, where he continued till his remains were borne to their final resting-place.
His affliction lasted rather more than three weeks. It commenced with a slow remitting fever, after which it became a complication of complaints. During his illness he possessed an unshaken confidence in the Saviour, and declared that the truths he had delivered to others supported him in the furnace of affliction, His consolation arose at times to ecstasy. On the sabbath previous to his death he was delirious; but his mind was employed in his usual work. In the afternoon he gave out a hymn, and called upon a friend to raise the tune. This not being done, he requested two females who were with him to kneel down, and he engaged in prayer. One of them told me that she had heard him pray repeatedly before, but that then he prayed with more eloquence than on any former occasion.
On Monday, February 25th, 1850, it became visible that his departure was at hand, Brother Pritchard, at whose house he was staying, being about to leave the room to seek the writer and his colleague, the ate brother said, “Tell them I am on my. way” [to heaven]. A little before twelve o’clock, brother Rowe, myself, and many other friends arrived; and at two o’clock he breathed his last, without a struggle.
On Friday, March 1st, our deceased brother was interred in our burying ground at Beaufort, a distance of five miles, when the following order was observed:— His late colleagues and the singers, five abreast, preceded the corpse; four of his local brethren carried him, four others supported the pall, and the remainder followed the mourners two abreast. The procession was closed by numbers of the members and friends, who walked five or six abreast. It was computed that from sixteen to eighteen hundred persons thus accompanied his remains to the house appointed for all living. Arrived there, brother Rowe read the customary lessons and engaged in prayer, and the writer delivered a short address. His death has been improved to large and attentive congregations, at nearly all the places in the circuit, and I trust good has been done.
George was born on 8 January 1824 at Cascob, Radnorshire, to parents James, who worked the land, and Ann. He was baptised on 25 January 1824 at Cascob.
At the time of the 1841 census, George was apprenticed to a shoemaker.
George died on 25 February 1850.
- 1848 Tredegar
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1850/390
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers