Jones, George (1840-1925)
George was born on 6 December 1840 at Kidderminster, Worcestershire to parents Thomas and Ann (not William and Ann– corrected; see below). Thomas was a malterer. Both his parents were connected with the Primitive Methodists in Kidderminster.
George had the advantage of a fairly good education, attending Pearsall and Townsend’s Grammar Schools. Between leaving school and entering the ministry, George worked as a clerk in his father’s business.
He was converted when a boy, but lapsed. When aged about 20 George experienced a deep work of grace in his soul and fully consecrated himself to Christ.
George was a regular examiner of probationers for about six years. He was Secretary of the District Committee Equalisation Fund and the Furnishing Fund Committee.
His obituary records that George was a devout student, and an able minister of the Gospel. His sermons were carefully prepared and delivered with clearness and unction. He was a capable businessman and a wise and sagacious administrator, thoroughly loyal to his colleagues and officials, and a most interesting and cheerful companion.
George married Sarah Steward (1840-1916) in the summer of 1864 at Kidderminster, Worcestershire. Census returns identify nine children.
- Arthur George (b1865) – an earthenware manufacturer
- Albert (b1866)
- Susan Edith (1869-1950) – married William Mee, a house painter
- Sarah Margaret (1871-1889)
- Annie (b abt1873) – an elementary school teacher (1891)
- Kate (b abt1875)
- Ada (b1875)
- Thomas John (b1878) – a student at Manchester PM Theological College (1901)
- Steward (b1879) – a timber merchant’s clerk (1901)
George died on 15 March 1925 at Tunstall, Staffordshire.
- 1860 Sheerness
- 1861 Chatham
- 1862 Newport IoW
- 1863 Hammersmith
- 1864 Exeter & Exmouth
- 1867 Stratford
- 1869 Oakengates & Wellington
- 1872 Talke
- 1876 Sandbach
- 1879 Newcastle under Lyme
- 1884 Nantwich
- 1887 Tunstall
- 1893 Derby ll
- 1896 Whitchurch
- 1899 Derby ll
- 1901 Congleton
- 1904 Stoke on Trent
- 1906 Wellington (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1892/1
PM Minutes 1925/261
W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers