Morris, George (1842-1925)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908

Early years

George was born in 1842 at Newport, Isle of Wight to parents Charles and Ann. Charles was a tailor.

George was converted circa 1859, after he had aimlessly walked into the Pyle Street Chapel, where the service was being conducted by Rev E.C. Pritchard. In a short time, William became Sunday School teacher, exhorter and local preacher. He twice declined the call to ministry, because of conscious educational unfitness, but accepted a third call. In 1867, William was placed on the reserve list and in September of that year was sent to the Liverpool II circuit.


George served for eight years as the Secretary of the District Building Committee in the Brinkworth and Swindon District.

His obituary records that George endeared himself to a large circle by his kindliness of disposition. He was most unselfish and constantly devoted himself to others. There was a buoyancy and youthfulness in his nature which enabled him, even in later years, to enter into the feelings of the young. Probationers who were privileged to be his colleagues were enthusiastic in testifying to the help and inspiration they received from him.


George married Mary Ann Butterworth (1847-1889) in the summer of 1876 at Bolton, Lancashire. Census returns identify five children.

  • William (1878-1969) – a clerk; emigrated to Canada in 1906
  • Alfred Edward (b1879) – a glass packer (1911); emigrated to USA circa 1921
  • George Herbert (b1881) – a butcher (1925)
  • Emma Jane (b1883)
  • Edith Ellen (b1885) – a ladies maid (1911)

George married Sarah Rachel Chadwick (1855-1922) in the summer of 1892 at Prescot, Lancashire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Joseph Harold C (1895-1915)
  • Mary Ada (b1896)

George died on 31 August 1925 at Corfe Mullen, Dorset.


  • 1868 Ramsey
  • 1870 Bradwell
  • 1873 Chester
  • 1874 Bolton
  • 1876 Bury
  • 1878 Blackburn II
  • 1879 Foxhill bank
  • 1882 Littleborough
  • 1884 St Helens
  • 1886 Chichester
  • 1888 Andover
  • 1892 Cwm
  • 1895 Leamington
  • 1898 Ramsgate
  • 1899 Andover
  • 1903 Malmesbury
  • 1905 Chinnor
  • 1909 Staithes
  • 1910 Oxford (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908/801

PM Minutes 1926/276

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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