Stanyer, George (1856-1926)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1927
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1924

Early years

George was born on 9 August 1856 at Congleton, Cheshire to parents George and Mary. George, senior, was a brickmaker.

George was converted in early life. He became a member of Kinsey Street Church when aged fourteen. His class leader, James Broad, had been a co-worker with Hugh Bourne. George and Rev A A Birchenough were put on full plan together by Rev Samuel Morris.


His obituary records that his ministry was evangelical; he laboured most successfully on all his circuits. He was well read in general literature, as was evidenced in his sermons. As a colleague he was trustworthy, and when in due course he entered upon the superintendency he was prudent in judgement, thereby winning the confidence of his officials. He was a circuit builder.

George served his districts as Building Committee Secretary, Sunday School Secretary, Missionary Secretary and as a member of the Candidates Examining Board.


George married Hannah Turner (1850-1924) on 14 July 1881 at Congleton, Cheshire.

  • Charles Turner (1882-1945) – a civil servant
  • Mary Emily (1883-1971) – an assistant teacher (1911); married George Thomas Barton, a civil servant

George married Annie Louisa Darvill (1874-1958) in early 1926 at Maidenhead, Berkshire.

George died on 12 October 1926 at Maidenhead, Berkshire.


  • Sunderland
  • 1877 Oswestry
  • 1878 Tunstall
  • 1879 Sandbach
  • 1881 Swindon
  • 1885 Motcombe
  • 1888 High Wycombe
  • 1890 Weymouth
  • 1895 Southampton
  • 1897 Hammersmith
  • 1902 Colnbrook
  • 1905 Bristol
  • 1909 Shaftsbury
  • 1913 Brynmawr
  • 1917 Maidenhead
  • 1918 Biddulph
  • 1921 Sherringham
  • 1923 Ealing (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/966; 1924/880 (Hannah); 1927/221

PM Minutes 1927/272

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Comments about this page

  • My great-great-grandfather George Stanyer was the first of his family for five generations to leave his Cheshire village of Astbury, by Congleton, when he took up the Primitive Methodist Ministry. He was born eight years after the railway came to Congleton in 1848, and the YouTube video “Stonehewer Family Name Origin” explains why that family name originated in Congleton, (at a stonehewer’s quarry, where a Primitive Methodist chapel was later built) and why that name hardly spread until the railway came to town.

    By Paul Stanyer (28/11/2019)

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