Herod, George (1797-1862)



George was a significant figure in the early development of the Primitive Methodist movement, especially in the North-East of England and into Scotland. A transcription of his extensive obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by John Parrott is attached. Within the obituary, Rev. W. Lister records;

“In prayer, he was powerful; his preaching abilities were acceptable; his style was clear, impressive, varied, and practical. The matter of his sermons was always important, naturally arranged, and delivered with energy. He was remarkable for promptitude, indefatigable industry, and indomitable firmness. There was intrepidity about all his movements, and a restlessness in trying to improve some part of the machinery, in order to move more effectually the great work with which he stood identified. His understanding was more quick than profound; his natural temper was sanguine and confident; he possessed good moral principles, truth in the inward parts, and unbending integrity. When he lacked patience with an opponent, he sometimes got foes in business meetings. But whatever infirmity he laboured under, he was a laborious, unwearied, and successful missionary and minister.”

I have attached an extract from George’s Journal dated 1822 which was published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine.


George was born on 13 September 1797 at Hoveringham, Nottinghamshire, to parents Samuel and Ann. He was baptised on 17 September 1797 at Hoveringham.

He married Elizabeth Parrott (1796-1871) on 21 April 1819 at Great Bridgford, Nottinghamshire.

George died on 30 August 1862 at Harrogate, Yorkshire.


  • 1821 Hull
  • 1823 Preston
  • 1824 Blackburn
  • 1925 Oldham
  • 1826 Sunderland
  • 1827 Newcastle
  • 1828 N Shields
  • 1831 Berwick
  • 1833 Leicester
  • 1836 Ilkeston
  • 1837 Burton on Trent
  • 1839 Mansfield
  • 1841 Donington
  • 1843 Manchester
  • 1844 Liverpool
  • 1845 Haslington
  • 1847 Chorley
  • 1849 Chester
  • 1850 Warrington
  • 1852 Foxhill Bank
  • 1856 Douglas
  • 1858 Preston
  • 1859 New Mills
  • 1860 Haslingden (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1822/189; 1863/193

PM Minutes 1863/6

J Petty, The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, p104 & p381

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1, p241

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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