Hunter, George (1834-1916)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1894
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916

Early years

George was born in 1834 at South Cave, Yorkshire to parents Joshua and Mary. His father died when George was 4. George was baptised on 6 July 1834 at South Cave.

George had to work from the age of 9 to help support the family. George was working as an agricultural servant at Minningdale Farm, Warter, Pocklington, the home of John Harrison, a Wesleyan class leader, at the time of the 1851 census.

George was converted on 6 April 1851.

In 1859, Charles Kendall became ill and George supplied for him at Scarborough.


George was a splendid visitor, and a true friend and practical helper in cases of distress.

At Stewkley, George had an interview with Lord Rosebery (who went on to become Prime Minister) for the purpose of obtaining a piece of ground on his estate at Mentmore for a chapel. He got his promise of a piece of land and a donation of £10 towards the chapel.

In the pulpit he was earnest, simple, practical and good. He aimed not at display. He preached not to please the ear and tickle the fancy, but to touch the heart and reach the soul. His sole ambition was to save souls.


George married Mary Thompson (abt1836-1900). Census returns identify two daughters.

  • Rosanna (1868-1930) – a milliner (1901)
  • Edith Mary (1870-1942)

George died on 11 June 1916 at Swindon, Wiltshire.


  • 1861 Andover
  • 1862 Newbury
  • 1864 Witney
  • 1866 Banbury
  • 1868 Motcombe
  • 1870 Southampton
  • 1873 Salisbury
  • 1875 Micheldever
  • 1878 Winchester
  • 1880 Tadcaster
  • 1882 Chipping Norton
  • 1885 Stewkley
  • 1889 Basingstoke
  • 1892 Andover
  • 1896 Aberdare
  • 1899 Stewkley
  • 1902 Leighton Buzzard (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1894/803; 1916/710

PM Minutes 1916/277

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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