Mitchell, George (1834-1913)
George was born on 8 January 1834 at Thorner, Yorkshire to parents John and Margaret. He was baptised on 7 February 1834 at Thorner. John was a gamekeeper.
As a boy, George was very little inclined to religion. Aged 16, he attended a lovefeast in one of the chapels at Thorner, which resulted in his conversion. Five years later he entered the itinerant ministry.
In 1851 George was an apprentice tailor to William Nettleton at Aberford, Yorkshire.
George’s first appointment was to Bedford. Here he was strongly influenced by the story of John Bunyan, an influence that fed his on-going ministry.
After superannuation, George worked as assistant minister in the Lymm and Altrincham circuit.
George married Mary Candy Paul (1837-1913) in the summer of 1859 at Gravesend, Kent. Census returns identify eight children. The 1911 census records that Mary had ten children in all; four had died by the time of the 1911 census. Mary suffered paralysis of her right arm after the birth of her first son in Alderney, which remained with her for the rest of her life.
- James Paul (b1861) – a draper and later an insurance agent
- George (b1863)
- Annie S (b1866)
- John Southwood (1867-1946) – a draper
- Mary Margaret (1868-1950)
- Emily Jane (b1869)
- Florence Eliza (1870-1933) -married Ernest Harry Grimshaw, a linen salesman (1911)
- Ernest George (b1879) – a Congregational Minister
George died on 3 March 1913 at Altrincham, Cheshire, four days after his wife.
- 1855 Bedford
- 1856 Gravesend &c
- 1857 Plymouth
- 1858 Liskeard
- 1859 Alderney
- 1860 Bagshot
- 1861 Buckden
- 1862 Eynesbury
- 1863 Penzance
- 1865 Hereford
- 1868 Redruth
- 1870 Bath
- 1875 Helmshore
- 1878 Manchester lll
- 1880 Southport ll
- 1883 Winster & Matlock
- 1886 Matlock
- 1887 Ramsgate
- 1888 Leighton Buzzard
- 1892 Otley
- 1895 Lymm (Sup)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1883 (portrait); 1913/656
PM Minutes 1913/29
W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers