King, George Walter (1856-1944)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914

Early years

George was born in 1856 at Waldridge, nr Chester le Street, Co Durham to parents Matthew and Margaret. Matthew was a coal miner.

George was converted when aged sixteen at Waldridge Fell in the Chester le Street circuit. At nineteen, George became a local preacher and in 1878 entered the Sunderland Theological Institute.


As a preacher he had a fine presence; his style was homely and direct, not without humour, with an evangelical passion.

George served as District Secretary, and as secretary to the District Missionary, Building, Sunday School, Christian Endeavour and Education Committees at various times throughout his ministry.


George married Mary Marshall (abt1861-1887) in the summer of 1883 at Sunderland, Co Durham. Census returns identify one child.

  • Stanley Marshall (1887-1949)

He married Nancy Glendenning (1855-1907) in the summer of 1894 at Huddersfield, Yorkshire.

George married Emily Lund (b1878) in the spring of 1909 at Silsden, Yorkshire. Emily was a grand-daughter of Rev James Bootland.

George died on 15 April 1944 at Hexham, Northumberland.


  • Sunderland
  • 1879 Stockport I
  • 1880 Portsmouth
  • 1883 Aldershot
  • 1885 Belfast I
  • 1889 Otley
  • 1892 Huddersfield
  • 1894 Heckmondwike
  • 1898 Burnley I
  • 1904 Bradford I
  • 1909 Scarborough II
  • 1912 Jarrow
  • 1917 Sunderland III
  • 1922 Chester le Street
  • 1926 Burnopfield


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/798

Methodist Minutes 1944/139

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Comments about this page

  • Matthew,
    Checking the 1939 Register, the King family were living at 25 Leazes Crescent, Hexham. That suggests that the paperwork you mention was indeed related to Rev George W King.

    By Geoff Dickinson (14/11/2019)
  • Hi. I came to this page after googling the name Rev. Geo. W. King. I did this because I recently bought some old paperwork from an antiques shop in Blackpool. In it was a letter and a quotation for an immediate annuity from 1942. It is from atlas assurance. The address that this person lived was 25, Leazis Crescent, Hexham. Is this the same person pictured? I would love to know. Thanks.

    By Matthew pearce (14/11/2019)

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