Maynard, George Percy (1867-1951)
George was born in 1867 at Bempton, Bridlington, Yorkshire, to parents James and Margaret. His father, a grocer, was a local preacher and class-leader.
George became a member of the Church at the age of fourteen. When he was fifteen he was apprenticed to a grocer in Scarborough and joined the Jubilee Church and became secretary of the Sunday School. He began to preach at the age of seventeen, attaining ‘full plan’ when aged twenty. Within six months, George was engaged as a hired local preacher in Luton II circuit.
His obituary records that his mental alertness was amazing; he read widely and retained what he read. He revelled in Ministerial Associations and Fraternals, but arguments were only a means to commend the Saviour. His understanding fellowship with younger men left its mark on them, and a number of Methodist Ministers owe their first impulse to preach to his challenges.
George retired to Sheffield and took charge of the Abbeydale Church for a period and later went to live in Bridlington. He was evacuated from Bridlington in the Second World War and found asylum with staunch friends at Burncross, who ministered with unfailing care to his declining years of complete invalidism and blindness.
George married Ellen Jackson (1864-1936) in the summer of 1893 at Scarborough, Yorkshire. Census returns identify two children.
- Kathleen Mary (1907-1983)
- James Herbert (1905-1908)
George died on 28 November 1951 at Sheffield, Yorkshire.
- New College, London – while undertaking circuit work
- 1889 Whickhambrook
- 1890 Woburn Sands
- 1893 Bedford
- 1895 Tottenham
- 1898 Bristol II
- 1904 Reading
- 1907 Derby III
- 1910 Sheffield III
- 1914 Filey
- 1918 Beverley
- 1921 Dalton & Millom
- 1923 Kingsley
- 1928 Glascote
- 1931 Sheffield (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919/224
Methodist Minutes 1952/131
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers