Hull, George (1837-1918)

Christian Messenger 1907
Christian Messenger 1907

Early years

George was born on 6 October 1837 at Wootton, Oxfordshire, to parents Thomas and Silence. Thomas worked the land.

George worked the land before entering the ministry. His obituary records that he lived a ‘careless life’ until he was nearly twenty years of age, when he surrendered himself to the Lord at some revival services held at the chapel in his native village. He was soon received by the Witney Circuit as a local preacher

Ministry

Before being stationed at Bedford, George was sent to Saffron Walden, then an exceedingly wide circuit. He often had to walk 100 miles per week and conduct eight preaching services as well as attending to other meetings.

George remained in the active ministry for 45 years. He was not greatly interested in the business side of church life or Connexional Committees, but being endowed with unusual intellectual gifts, he gloried in proclaiming a full and rich evangel, and bent all his energies to win a verdict for his Master. His ministry was, therefore, used of God in effecting some remarkable conversions.

George was a hard worker, tireless and indefatigable, in seeking to promote the welfare of the churches in his charge. Following ‘retirement’ in 1905, he settled in Hungerford. There he continued to be intensely interested in the work of the Church, and attended the means of grace whenever he could. He was, too, most generous in his support of the various funds.

Family

George married Clara Moore (1847-1919) in the summer of 1868 at Gravesend, Kent. Census returns identify ten children.

  • George Thomas (b1869) – a local preacher; a carrier between Lambourn and Newbury (1911)
  • Mary Frances (1871-1940) – married William Henry Dowling, a grocer manager (1901), in 1897
  • Harry Moore (1873-1970) – a PM Minister
  • Minnia Clara (1874-1956) – married William John Harris, a baker, in 1901
  • Edgar John (1878-1937) – a PM Minister
  • Frank Ultimus (1878-1972) – a PM Minister
  • Alfred Gladstone (1880-1952) – a local preacher; a farmer (1911)
  • Maude Alice (abt1882-1972) – a school teacher
  • Horace Bright (abt1884-1916) – a student in teacher training college (1911); a local preacher; died in WW1
  • Maggie Blanche (1886-1909)

George died on 26 September 1918 at Hungerford, Berkshire.

Circuits

  • 1860 Bedford
  • 1862 Canterbury
  • 1863 Bridgewater
  • 1864 Deal & Dover
  • 1866 Exeter & Exmouth
  • 1867 Grays
  • 1869 Marlborough
  • 1872 Lynn
  • 1875 Yarmouth
  • 1878 E Dereham
  • 1880 Manea
  • 1882 Hadleigh
  • 1884 Aylsham
  • 1886 Stowmarket
  • 1890 Diss
  • 1893 Hungerford
  • 1897 Faringdon
  • 1902 Motcombe
  • 1905 Pembroke Dock (S)

References

Christian Messenger 1907/43

PM Minutes 1919/265

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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