Edwards, George (1848-1919)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907

Early years

George was born circa 1848 at Stowmarket, Suffolk. He lost his parents when young.

George decided for Christ when eighteen years old. He spent a year at the Sunderland Theological Institute before entering circuit ministry.

Ministry

As a preacher George was thoughtful and practical. He belonged to the Evangelical School and loved to declare to others the Gospel that saved himself. It is recorded that there was a significant revival during his ministry at Thetford.

George superintended the building of chapels at Barnham (Thetford), Sparkhill (Birmingham) and Kings Hill (Darlaston). It is estimated that he raised some £30,000 for Trust purposes.

In the West Midland District, George served two terms as Building Committee Secretary.

Family

George married Emily Fisher (1852-1942) in the summer of 1874 at Stowmarket, Suffolk. Census returns identify seven of nine children.

  • Frederick Huble (1877-1946) – a PM Minister
  • Herbert Cooper (b1881) – an engineers clerk (1911)
  • Gertrude Hannah (b1882)
  • Frank Roper (1883-1972) – a commercial traveller manufactured confectionary (1911)
  • Wilfred Leach (1887-1960) – a commercial traveller manufactured confectionary (1911)
  • Eveline Bessie (b1890) – a tailoress (1911)
  • Percival Harold (1894-1978) – an ironmonger’s assistant (1911)

George died on 20 March 1919 at Doncaster, Yorkshire.

Circuits

  • Sunderland
  • 1870 Torquay & Teignmouth
  • 1871 Plymouth
  • 1873 Falmouth
  • 1874 Paisley
  • 1877 Gloucester
  • 1878 Lynn
  • 1881 Thetford
  • 1885 Wakefield
  • 1888 Peterborough II
  • 1891 Melton Mowbray
  • 1894 Presteign
  • 1895 Birmingham V
  • 1898 E Dereham
  • 1901 Doncaster II
  • 1903 Manchester V
  • 1906 Darlaston
  • 1909 Wakefield
  • 1912 Doncaster (S)

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907/591

PM Minutes 1919/256

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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