Kidd, George (1813-1885)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1861 | Copy provided by Steven Carter
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1861
Copy provided by Steven Carter

George was born on 28 October 1813 at Donoughmore, Cork, Ireland.

Family

He married Agnes Drake, also from Ireland, circa 1841. Agnes died in 1858. They had 11 children.

  • Charlotte (1841-1860)
  • Jane Eliza (1843-1892) – married William Plimmer, a grocer
  • Mary Anna (b1844) – married George Cuthbert Smith, a grocer
  • John Wesley (1847-1910) – a chemist and dentist
  • Ann Tweedale (1848-1917) – married James Buckley, a tailor
  • Isaac James (b1849)
  • Agnes Margaret (1852-1920) – married Tobias Savage, a PM minister
  • Juliet (1854-1900) – married George MacConnal, an accountant’s clerk
  • Eleanor Mona (b1857)
  • Georgina Louisa (1857-1929) – married Alfred Alan Kerfoot, a solicitor’s clerk
  • Lawrence Robert (b1858) – unemployed draper in 1871

George died on 9 August 1885 at Birkenhead, Cheshire.

Preston

Kendall relates that whilst at Preston, 1864-7, George headed 127 stalwarts who refused to pay the Easter Church Dues, and secured their abolition. Easter Church Dues were paid to the Anglican clergy.

A tale of a Travelling Preacher

In the Primitive Methodist Magazine of 1838, George wrote of an incident that for him asserted the providence of God. He was on his way to an appointment when a large dog drew close. He couldn’t shake the dog off. About four miles later, dog still at his side, he came across two men. The dog ensured he passed safely. A further two miles up the road,  he came across another large dog that was usually chained up. Again the dog saw George past the danger. The dog left him 50 yards up the road!

Circuits

  • 1835 Preston Brook
  • 1836 Manchester
  • 1837 Blackburn
  • 1838 Preston Brook
  • 1840 Stockport
  • 1842 Burnley
  • 1844 Bury
  • 1845 Rochdale
  • 1847 New Mills
  • 1849 Knowlwood
  • 1851 Blackburn
  • 1854 Ramsey
  • 1857 Haslingden
  • 1861 Douglas
  • 1864 Preston
  • 1867 Leigh
  • 1870 Chester
  • 1871 Liverpool lll
  • 1874 Wigan
  • 1877 Stockport
  • 1879 Leigh (Sup)

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1838; 1861; 1887/625

The Primitive Methodist 1885/558

PM Minutes 1886/7

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 2, p129

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

 

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