Ellis, George (1867-1938)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

GEORGE ELLIS: born at Blenheim in 1867. Converted in early life, and having been well educated, on his acceptance for the ministry of the Primitive Methodist Church he was sent straight into the work in 1889. After twenty-eight years of service in town and rural circuits, he was obliged to retire through illness and settled at Slough. 

As a preacher he reached a high standard of efficiency. His carefully prepared sermons were illustrated from his wide reading in history, archeology, and nature study. He was loyal to his Church and all her enterprises. A man of high principle, inflexible, incorruptible, he was of the kindred of “Valiant-for-truth.” After a sudden and swift illness, he died at Slough on September 22, 1938.


George was born in the summer of 1867 at Bathley, nr Newark, Nottinghamshire, to parents Thomas, who worked the land, and Elizabeth.

In 1881 George was working as a twist hand.

He married Annie Noble (b abt1871) in the summer of 1893 in the Petersfield Registration District, Hampshire. Census returns identify three or four children.

  • Annie Kathleen May (1894-1982) – a shorthand typist (1939); married Ernest C Barnham in 1951
  • Doris Elizabeth (1900-1971)
  • Irence Constance (1908-1919)

George died on 22 September 1938 at Slough, Buckinghamshire.


  • 1889 High Wycombe
  • 1890 Brighton I
  • 1891 Penzance
  • 1893 Liskeard
  • 1895 Brynmawr
  • 1897 Brigg
  • 1900 Pocklington
  • 1903 Sileby
  • 1905 Leeds I
  • 1907 Morecambe
  • 1909 Halifax III
  • 1910 Rockland
  • 1912 Ramsey
  • 1914 Hay
  • 1915 Maidenhead
  • 1917 Slough (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1939/200

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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