Hunt, German (1859-1934)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1927
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1927

Early years

German was born on 18 April 1859 at Langley, Derbyshire, to parents Henry and Elizabeth. Henry was a cordwainer (shoe-maker).

Ministry

From 1917, German undertook the office of General Sunday School Secretary. He was prominent in establishing Holiday Homes at Buxton and Scarborough.

He was treasurer of the Superannuated Ministers Widows and Orphans Fund.

German was a good cricketer with a sound defence, and a powerful stroke.

His obituary records that German was courageous and resolute, but chivalrous and keenly alive to movements in religious thought, politics and social reform. He had a genius for friendship and fellowship. His ministry grew in quality and influence as the years passed. He proclaimed the Gospel as the only sufficient means of salvation and help to men. Practical duty and daily toil with its problems and temptations were brought into its light. His ethical teaching was searching and his standards of morality high, but capable of attainment through the grace of Christ. He had a catholic mind, and his loyalties and generosities found exercise and scope in organisations like the Free Church Council, Sunday School Union and philanthropic institutions.

His pastoral work revealed his intense human interest. He devoutness of spirit, unbroken fellowship with God, and knowledge of the things of the spirit, shone through all that he said and did.

Following retirement from the active ministry in 1925, German served as chaplain to the three Public Assistance Institutions in Leeds.

Family

German married Bertha Jones (abt1861-1939) in the summer of 1884 at Manchester, Lancashire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Gladys Mary (b1903)
  • Harold Langley (1906-1988) – a motor engineer (1939)

German died on 1 July 1934 at Bramley, Leeds, Yorkshire.

Circuits

  • Sunderland
  • 1880 Spalding & Holbeach
  • 1881 Wirksworth
  • 1884 Sheffield I
  • 1887 Chesterfield III
  • 1889 Nottingham III
  • 1893 Sheffield III
  • 1896 Walkden
  • 1902 Oldham III
  • 1909 Blackburn
  • 1912 Chester I
  • 1917 Leeds: S.S. Sec
  • 1922 Morley
  • 1925 Leeds V (Sup)

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine PMM 1924/756; 1927/486

Methodist Minutes 1934/224

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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