Howgate, George Henry (1876-1942)


George was born on 13 January 1876 at Bingley, Yorkshire, to parents James Howgate, a labourer in iron works (1881), and Alice Ann Lumley.

The 1911 census return describes George as an antiquarian bookseller. In 1939 he is an Anglican clergyman at Keysoe, Bedford, Bedfordshire.

He married Nelley Leggett (1881-1961) in the summer of 1904 at Horncastle, Lincolnshire. Records identify five children.

  • Donald Kenneth (1905-1984) – a gas engineer (1942)
  • Harold Ian Charles (1910-1989) – a draughtsman (1942)
  • Malcolm Arthur Gordon (1915-1973)
  • Gwenneth Enid Margery (1918-2013) – a doctor’s secretary (1939); married Peter Henry in 1939
  • Duncan Henry (1923-1999)

George died on 3 February 1942 at Keysoe, Bedfordshire.


  • 1900 Horncastlke
  • 1901 Sheerness
  • 1902 Bournemouth
  • 1904 Swindon
  • 1905 Folkstone
  • 1909 disappears


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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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  • Thank you so much for putting this page up. George was my grandfather. He died 22 years before I was born and I started my ancestry research so as to learn more about him. I will tag this page into my tree for his younger generations to see. I have a recording of Nelley talking about her meeting George and their family life but importantly about the fact that it was his mother who insisted upon him going into the ministry – he had his heart set on being a weaving engineer! I believe that the reason for this was that Alice Ann was never baptised as a child and only learned as much when she came to marry James Howgate. Firstly she was illegitimate but she never knew that her real name was Lumley and had to go through the service twice because the first time she was married under her adopted father’s name Luscombe. The family bible was bought by Alice and it was she would led down the PM denomination, the membership certificate is proudly exhibited there as if it were her ticket into heaven.

    By Ian Robert Malcolm Howgate (04/01/2021)

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