Shaw, George (1830-1903)
George was born on 26 September 1830 at Grimsby, Lincolnshire to parents George and Jane. George senior was a tailor. Prior to entering the ministry George trained as a tailor.
George’s grandmother was one of the earliest members of the first Society at Grimsby, which was formed in 1819. George joined the Primitive Methodists in 1849 and soon became a local preacher.
George’s obituary records that the temperance cause found in him an earnest advocate, and progressive politics a stalwart friend.
His public ministry evinced wide and varied reading. In knowledge of the Scriptures, and ability to forcefully and intelligently expound them, especially the more obscure and difficult portions, he excelled. His great stories of pathos, humour and reminiscence contributed largely to his pulpit power. He held fast to the central and vital truths of the Gospel. Christ had inn every sermon ‘ the pre-eminence’.
George wrote the following.
Our Filey fishermen, 1867
Rambles about Filey , 1867
Gems and pearls: a collection of choice readings from many writers , 1870
Scenes on the sea, including A night on the deep, and other stories , 1872
The twistings and twinings of Mr. Timothy Turnabout , 1874
Councillor Kerwood’s investment, and what became of it , 1891
Life of Rev Parkinson Milson Primitive Methodist Minister, 1893
Life of John Oxtoby (Praying Johnny), 1894
Old Grimsby, 1897
George married Kezia Gover (1833-1875) on 27 June 1857 at Grimsby. Records identify eleven children.
- George William (1859-1933) – a printer compositor
- Susannah Mary (1861-1960) – married Thomas Stephenson Stead, a wood working machinist
- Kezia Jane (1863-1934) – married Himsworth Stead, a weft man in worsted mill
- John Henry Gover (1865-1949) – a printer
- Isabella (1867-1945) – married John William Beswick, an insurance agent (1911)
- Julia (1868-1868)
- Priscilla (1868-1868)
- Martha Ann (b1869) – a blouse machinist (1911)
- Charles Thomas (1872-1872)
- Arthur Ernest (1873-1951) – provision merchant clerk (1911)
- Branton Abbey (1874-1875)
George married Mary Ann Gray, nee Gover (1837-1921) on 1 August 1875 at Scotter, Lincolnshire.
George died on 20 July 1903 at Grimsby, Lincolnshire.
- 1854 Bridlington
- 1855 Winterton
- 1857 Scarborough
- 1859 Hull ll
- 1862 Louth
- 1864 Filey
- 1867 Pocklington
- 1870 Swinefleet
- 1874 Scotter
- 1878 Howden
- 1880 Leeds Vl
- 1883 Dewsbury
- 1886 Grimsby (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1883 (portrait); 1903.489
PM Minutes 1904/33
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers
Plant Bramwell Tree on Ancestry.com