Smith, George (1835-1897)

Early years

George was born on 14 January 1835 at Upper Basildon, Berkshire to parents Richard and Elizabeth. Richard was a farmer.

George was converted at an early age and aged 13 joined the PM society at Quicks Green. He was soon on the plan.

At the age of 15, George went to Wallingford to learn the baking and confectionary business. He moved to Pewsey and started open-air services there. Soon afterwards a society was formed.

Ministry

His obituary records that his bright, cheery and loving counsels were always helpful, and had a tendency to chase away dull care and lead persons to look on the brighter side of life.

Family

George married Susannah Eustace (1832-1876) in early 1861 at Chinnor, Oxfordshire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Lemuel Eustace (1861-1924) – a commercial clerk
  • Susannah Elizabeth (b1864) – a dressmaker (1881)
  • George Willmoth (b1866) – a grocer

George married Annie Wingfield(1851-1917) in late 1878 at Shoreham, Sussex. Census returns identify three children.

  • John Gilbert S L (1880-1942) – a carpenter
  • Percy Ralph R (1881-1937) – a carpenter
  • Reginald Lorenzo (1882-1954) – a gardener (1911)

George died on 15 November 1897 at Shoreham, Sussex.

Annie married George James Clarke in 1900.

Circuits

  • 1856 Chippenham
  • 1858 Tredegar
  • 1860 Newport, Monmouth
  • 1861 Abergavenny
  • 1866 Merthyr Tydfil
  • 1867 Abergavenny
  • 1869 Silchester
  • 1872 Maidenhead
  • 1876 Worthing
  • 1880 Richmond
  • 1883 Chinnor
  • 1885 Stratford
  • 1888 Worthing
  • 1891 Kingstone
  • 1893 Swansea
  • 1895 Hove (Sup)

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1876/247 (Susannah);1898/467

PM Minutes 1898/22

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

 

Note: Leary ascribes portraits in the Primitive Methodist Magazine of 1879 &1885 to George Smith 1827-1895.

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