Newton, George (1841-1912)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1904
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913

Early years

George was born on 16 November 1841 at Winster, Derbyshire to parents William Newton and Hannah Titterton. His parents were both Primitive Methodists. His father was a lead-miner and local preacher.

George had little education as a child. He was apprenticed to the grocery and drapery business.

George was converted at the age of seventeen. There came a sense of new obligations and responsibilities, along with an earnest desire to fulfil them faithfully. As a consequence he applied himself to developing his intellect. He became a local preacher two years later.

As a result of business, George moved to Sheffield. There, he became an earnest mission worker, doing effective open-air preaching in connection with the George Street Mission. He was recommended for ministry in 1866.


He preaching was not what some would call popular, but it was sound, solid and profitable. He was more practical than doctrinal, more evangelistic than philosophic.

As an administrator, George was shrewd and practical; a lover of peace and a healer of breaches. He possessed the saving grace of humour which was often dry and caustic, and which gave a piquancy to many of his sermons.

After superannuation, George moved to Blaydon on Tyne, where he served the circuit in a special capacity.


George married Emma Susanna Smith (1845-1905) in the summer of 1871 in London. Emma was the daughter of Robert Smith. Census returns identify three children.

  • Thomas Irvin (1875-1952) – an automobile engineer (1911); emigrated to Australia in 1927.
  • Robert Ennis (1879-1952) – a secondary school teacher
  • Charles Henry (abt1886-1951) – an electrician

George died on 26 November 1912 at Castle Eden, Co Durham.


  • 1867 Baldock
  • 1869 London III
  • 1871 Bedford
  • 1873 Luton
  • 1875 London IV
  • 1876 Saffron Walden
  • 1879 Wellingborough
  • 1882 Cambridge I
  • 1884 Pocklington
  • 1888 Sowerby Bridge
  • 1891 Sheffield VI
  • 1894 Hornsea
  • 1896 Halifax II
  • 1900 Keighley
  • 1903 Glasgow
  • 1905 Newcastle (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1904/422; 1906/579; 1913/238

PM Minutes 1913/31

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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