Normandale, George (1819-1875)
George was born on 12 September 1819 at Thornholm, nr Bridlington, Yorkshire to parents Mark Normandale and Mary Collinson. His parents were both Primitive Methodists. PM services were held in his parents home and George was converted at the age of 12. He had to leave home soon afterwards, going to a place where there was no PM Sunday School. He went astray.
Later he went to Bridlington where he was apprenticed to a shoemaker. Here he was restored into the PM fold on Christmas Day 1837. He soon was on the plan as an exhorter and local preacher.
His obituary records that after becoming a superintendent, George evinced an aptitude for dealing effectively with chapel property, either by erecting new chapels, altering and improving existing ones, or by reducing debts.
He preached ‘Christ and him crucified’, simply, faithfully, affectionately and earnestly, and many were the ‘seals of his ministry’ and will be ‘ the crown of his rejoicing in the day of the Lord.’
George pledged to total abstinence in 1837. He worked hard and successfully for an organisation known as ‘Good Templarism’.
George married Mary Ann Oldroyd (1821-1896) in Leeds in the summer of 1846. Census returns identify six children.
- John William (1847-1931) – a PM Minister
- George Collinson (1849-1930) – a PM Minister
- Mary Ann (b1851) – married John Thomas Burton, a policeman
- Jane Elizabeth (1853-1929) – married Goulding Cookson, a general dealer
- Mark Oldroyd (1856-1938) – a schoolmaster
- Sarah Emma (1859-1940) – married Walter George Hives, a bank manager
George died on 9 April 1875 at Hoyland Nether, Yorkshire.
- 1842 Otley
- 1843 Scotter
- 1845 Leeds
- 1846 Pontefract
- 1847 Keighley
- 1849 Pickering
- 1851 Malton
- 1853 Wakefield
- 1855 Dewsbury
- 1857 Knaresborough
- 1859 Otley
- 1861 Barnsley
- 1863 Leeds l
- 1865 Malton
- 1868 Easingwold
- 1870 Pateley Bridge
- 1871 Preston Brook
- 1872 Hoyland
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1870 (portrait); 1876/746
PM Minutes 1875/13
W Leary,Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers