Morgan, George (1830-1897)
George was born in 1830 at Sandford, Oxfordshire to parents Thomas and Mary. Thomas worked the land.
George was converted aged about 19. His sincerity was soon tested because his employer turned George away as a result of him joining the Primitive Methodists. He soon became a local preacher.
In 1851 George was working as an agricultural labourer.
In his early days as an itinerant, the preachers lived largely among the people and shared the hard fare of the agricultural labourer. At Winchester, in common with others, George suffered much persecution, and was pelted with rotten eggs.
A colleague of that time, Rev James Richards writes in George’s obituary: ‘He was most laborious; no journey was too long for him to travel, and no congregation was too small for him to preach to. He would push through all kinds of weather rather than disappoint the people. He was an earnest, faithful and successful preacher. Those who heard him could not help being convinced of his extraordinary zeal for their salvation. He was most generous and forgiving, and conscientiously discharged the duties of his position.’
George married Sarah Mealing (b1838) in early 1863 at Hawkesbury, Gloucestershire. Census returns identify two children.
- George William (1871-1929) – an insurance clerk
- Sidney Rowland (1873-1885)
George died on 5 September 1897 at Haywards Heath, Sussex.
- 1857 Faringdon
- 1859 Malmesbury
- 1861 Brinkworth
- 1863 Motcombe
- 1865 Salisbury
- 1867 Winchester
- 1870 Wallingford
- 1873 Poole
- 1877 Malmesbury
- 1881 Chippenham
- 1884 Witney
- 1886 Bristol l
- 1889 Aldershot
- 1892 Ryde & Ventnor
- 1896 Hayward’s Heath
- 1897 Witney
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1886 (portrait); 1898/466
PM Minutes 1898/16
W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers