Edwards, George (1848-1919)

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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