Fowler, George Hodgson (1835-1913)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1885

Early years

George was born in 1835 at Alford, Lincolnshire to parents Edward and Elizabeth. Edward was a tailor.

His early education was of an elementary nature. He received his religious training at a Wesleyan Sunday School. George trained as a tailor before entering the ministry.

George was converted in late 1851 following sermons preached by Rev Henry Woodcock and Rev Thomas Kendall. In March 1855, George was engaged as a hired local preacher by the Alford branch of the Louth circuit.


In 1871, George took the temporary role of Secretary to the General Missionary Committee whilst Samuel Antliff visited Canada.

George published a ‘Manual on Chapel Architecture for the use of Methodist Churches’.

In 1874, ill health laid George aside for 9 months but he was able to become active again. Following superannuation George served as a member of the Steyning Board of Guardians until his death. Few Guardians were more conversant with the Poor Law than George.


George married Sarah Ann Webb (1834-1916) in the summer of 1860 at Canterbury, Kent. Census returns identify two children.

  • Thomas Webb (1861-1922) – a physician and surgeon
  • Annette Maria Elizabeth (1863-1929)

George died on 23 September 1913 at Steyning, Sussex.


  • 1855 Gravesend & Aveley
  • 1856 Walworth
  • 1857 Canterbury
  • 1858 Luton
  • 1860 High Wycombe
  • 1862 London lll
  • 1864 Hastings
  • 1867 Exeter & Exmouth
  • 1869 Hammersmith
  • 1872 London Vll
  • 1873 London lV
  • 1875 Nottingham l
  • 1876 Nottingham ll
  • 1878 Winster
  • 1879 Sileby
  • 1882 Birmingham lll
  • 1885 Kingstone
  • 1887 Redhill
  • 1890 Poplar
  • 1893 Brighton
  • 1895 Brighton (S)
  • 1896 Hove


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1885 (portrait)

PM Minutes 1914/23

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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