Pinder, George Goodbourne (1835-1907)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1889
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908

Early years

George was born on 21 March 1835 at Louth, Lincolnshire.

He was nursed a Methodist, taken to the Methodist services, and kept to them. George was converted at the age of 16. He immediately presented himself at class meeting, and was soon a prayer leader, assistant class leader, exhorter and finally local preacher. In October 1858 George was called out to be a home missionary at St Albans.


George’s obituary records that his whole ministerial course was characterised by honest toil, burning zeal, a high sense of duty, sustained by an indomitable will which carried him beyond his physical strength, and impelled him to work when his nature needed rest and renewal. He was the single eye, the martyr spirit and the victor’s wreath.

During his residence at Watford after his superannuation in 1901, the same spirit was manifest, for when the Passive Resistance Movement was organised, he was one of its first members and he retained his membership with it until his death.


George married Sarah Naylor (1834-1926) in the summer of 1864 at Lewisham, London. Census returns identify four children.

  • Herbert George (1869-1949) – a commercial clerk, later an insurance broker
  • Edith Mary (1870-1881)
  • Edgar Naylor (1873-1937) – a draughtsman/engineer
  • Lillian Lucy (1876-1955)

George died on 20 November 1907 at Watford, Hertfordshire.


  • 1859 St Albans
  • 1860 London l
  • 1861 Tottenham
  • 1862 London ll
  • 1864 Plumstead
  • 1866 Stanstead
  • 1867 High Wycombe
  • 1869 Dunstable
  • 1872 Jersey
  • 1875 Leighton Buzzard
  • 1879 London l
  • 1881 Sheffield l
  • 1885 Macclesfield
  • 1888 Dawley
  • 1891 Colnbrook
  • 1893 Berkhampstead
  • 1896 Midsomer Norton
  • 1901 Midsomer Norton (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1889/257; 1908/235

PM Minutes 1908/24

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Transcription of Obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

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