Meachim, George William (1870-1945)
George was born in 1870 at Burbage, nr Buxton, Derbyshire, to parents George and Hannah. George, senior, was a farmer of 9½ acres (1881).
George came under the influence of a local vicar who awakened his capacity for serious study. His heart, however, was in Methodism, and he offered for the Primitive Methodist Ministry.
Coincident with his studies at Hartley College, George pursued the arts course at Owen’s College.
On leaving college, George served two or three Presidents of Conference as assistant.
At Wirksworth, George served as a manager of a Council School. At Middleton he was similarly employed as a member of the Education Authority.
His obituary records that George had a well-stored mind. Always a great reader, he had a specially extensive acquaintance with books on political and social affairs, and made no attempt to conceal his passionate concern for social righteousness and peace. In him the Methodist fire was united with the social zeal of the Hebrew prophets. Withal he had a sense of humour which disarmed many an opponent.
George married Kate Priestley (1874-1943) in late 1896 at Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. Kate was a gifted singer. Census returns identify one child.
- George Leslie (1897-1969) – a physician and surgeon
George died on 12 July 1945 at Buxton, Derbyshire.
- 1893 Wakefield
- 1894 Leicester IV
- 1896 Clay Cross
- 1898 Manchester IX
- 1899 Southport II
- 1900 Orrell
- 1903 Winster
- 1904 Rugby
- 1907 Ashbourne
- 1911 Wirksworth
- 1915 Bacup
- 1919 Midleton, Lancs
- 1927 Ramsor
- 1935 Buxton (Sup)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1926/780
Methodist Minutes 1946/126
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers