Moorse, George Wadman (1838-1908)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1891
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909
Mrs Mary Moorse
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1905

Early years

George was born on 26 October 1838 at Poole, Dorset to parents John Moorse and Eliza Pitman. John was a policemen. Both parents attended the Church of England services and George attended the Sunday School. He went on to sing in the choir. George became teetotal early in life.

George was converted through the Primitive Methodists in 1857. Six months after conversion, he went on the plan.


George was a fluent reader in French, could read the Greek testament and had a fair knowledge of music. His style of preaching was mostly topical and expository, and whilst in his topical discourses he was fluent and fervent, it was in his expository ones that he excelled, many of them being exceedingly clear and clever.

His obituary records that he was thoroughly interested in the life and lot of the toilers among whom he laboured, he was invited to address some of the great annual gatherings of the miners. His strong voice and fondness for singing rendered him specially effective in open-air and camp meeting work.

George was one of the invited preachers at the great Commemorative Camp Meeting at Mow Cop in 1907.


George married Mary Lupton (1844-1903) on 18 December 1865 at Shotley Bridge by her father, Moses Lupton. Census returns identify six children.

  • George William (1866-1886) – a chemist, church organist and local preacher
  • Mary Louisa (1868-1957) – married Alexander Mackenzie, a draper
  • Annie Eliza (b1872) – married George Sutcliffe, a schoolmaster
  • John Alfred (b1876) – a draper
  • Ernest Lupton (1878-1915) – a grocer
  • Leopold Frederick Cavendish (1882-1946) – journalist

George died on 25 June 1908 at Leeds, Yorkshire after an operation.


  • 1860 Liskeard
  • 1861 Weymouth
  • 1862 Pembroke
  • 1864 Brighton
  • 1865 Maryport
  • 1866 Durham
  • 1868 Hartlepool
  • 1870 Sunderland
  • 1876 Brompton
  • 1881 Guisborough
  • 1885 Staines
  • 1889 Brough
  • 1895 Waterhouses
  • 1901 W Auckland
  • 1907 Hemsworth


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1891/705; 1905/572 (Mary); 1909/645

PM Minutes 1908/41

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Comments about this page

  • George Wadham Moorse and Mary Lupton were my great grandparents, my grandmother being Annie Eliza Sutcliffe (nee Moorse), however she died before I was born. My grandfather George Sutcliffe was a wonderful man who always had time for his three grandchildren. He was a headmaster at Swalwell school in county Durham, and I believe was the youngest headmaster in the country at that time. My father Raymond was their only child and my father. He was a kind and caring man who like his father always had time for people, he trained as a doctor, and was thoroughly liked and respected by his patients. Sadly he died in 2008 . He is greatly missed.

    By Jeanne-Denise Millsom (14/11/2019)

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