Hughes, George (1839-1912)
George was born in 1839 at Ashton, Hereford. His parents became Primitive Methodists around the time of his birth. The family moved to Riddle and opened their house for preaching. About 1850, the family moved to Luston, Herefordshire and as there was no Primitive Methodist society in that place, George’s father formed a society. In 1855, the family moved to Sheffield, Yorkshire.
In 1858, George gave himself to Christ during a lovefeast held in Stanley Street Chapel, Sheffield. Conversion triggered a desire to improve his education and he began to study. His first public address was given in the open-air, and created a very favourable impression. At the next Quarterley Meeting George was put on the plan as an exhorter.
Whilst at Newry, George suffered a serious beating by a Roman Catholic mob. This affected his health thereafter.
His obituary records that he was a good man, and served his church and his generation truly and well. As a preacher he aimed at saving souls and building up believers in their most holy faith.
George was married to Hannah (1839-1903). Census returns identify five children.
- Mary Jane (b abt1866)
- Martin Luther (1867-1952) – a grocers assistant (1891); an insurance agent (1901); a traveller credit draper (1911)
- Martha Hannah (1873-1944) – married James Frederick Keeble, a draper
- Harriet Elizabeth (b abt1876)
- Kate Eliza (b1878) – married Frederick Brown, a draper’s traveller
George married Ellen Kate Martin (1858-1933) in early 1906 at Bishops Stortford.
George died on 16 June 1912 at Maldon, Essex.
- 1860 Gainsborough
- 1861 Spilsby
- 1863 Maldon
- 1864 Glasgow
- 1866 Portadown
- 1868 Lisburn
- 1870 Newry
- 1872 Torquay
- 1873 S Molton
- 1876 Bungay
- 1879 Kelsale
- 1881 Ipswich
- 1883 Harwich
- 1884 Swaffham
- 1888 Thetford
- 1891 Maldon
- 1895 Kirby Cross
- 1898 Brandon
- 1901 Sudbury
- 1903 Bishop Stortford (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1892/193; 1912/741
PM Minutes 1912/21
W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers