A transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by John Bradley is attached. he writes as follows.
“As a preacher Mr. Stout’s aim was simple and direct; he laboured to bring men to God; he endeavoured to present the cardinal doctrines of the Gospel, as he apprehended them, in definite and forceful fashion, so as to arouse the consciences of his hearers and bring them to immediate decision for Christ. Nor was he satisfied with anything short of this,. But the two features in Mr. Stout’s ministry that seem to have struck many of those who knew him in the days of his prime were—his power in prayer, and his aptitude for, and devotion to family visitation. Many testify that his prayers, even more than his earnest preaching, took hold of the unconverted in the public services, while his. deep-toned piety, and his spiritual conversation outside the pulpit made everyone feel that he was indeed a sincere man of God.”
George was born on 29 January 1820 at Carragill, Cumberland, to parents John and Elizabeth. He was baptised on 28 April 1822 at Alston, Cumberland.
He married Ann Gale (1824-1908) in the summer of 1850 in the Bedale Registration District, Yorkshire. Census returns identify five children.
- Elizabeth (1851-1926) – married John Handley Tennant, a draper, in 1874
- Annie (1853-1933)
- John Gale (1856-1868)
- William (1858-1871)
- Mary (1864-1940) – a music teacher (1901)
George died on 9 August 1892 at Ripon, Yorkshire.
- 1845 Carlisle
- 1847 Ripon
- 1848 Middleham
- 1849 Thirsk
- 1850 Leeds S
- 1851 Pickering
- 1853 Helmsley
- 1854 Bradford
- 1856 Halifax
- 1858 Easingwold
- 1860 Burnley
- 1862 Wakefield
- 1864 Huddersfield
- 1866 Middleham
- 1978 Ripon (Sup)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1894/228
PM Minutes 1893/25
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers