Tetley, George (1800-1877)
George was born on 30 November 1800 at Cleckheaton, Yorkshire. His parents were Samuel and Betty Tetley. George was baptised on 26 December 1800 in a congregational chapel in Cleckheaton.
Petty relates that whilst stationed at Yarmouth in 1833, George and William Bowthorpe carried out effective open-air preaching and opened many new places. This included establishing a mission at Ipswich. In 1834, conference stationed 5 ministers in the Yarmouth circuit, previously there had been just two, as a result of the increase in numbers.
Petty also records the impressions of a Baptist minister at Bury St Edmunds who recognised that the open-air preaching of the PM preachers, including George, had a positive effect on the numbers active in other denominations.
George was President of Conference in 1855.
George married Anne Fenton (1807-1884) on 8 July 1830 at Bury St Edmunds. They had seven children.
- Ann Eliza (b1832) – a schoolmistress before marriage to David Wainwright
- George (b1833) – grocer and draper
- Sarah Ann (1835-1882 ) – married Jacob Humphries
- Samuel (1837-1896) – commercial traveller
- Louisa (1841-1924)
- Charles George (1843-1916) – Primitive Methodist Minister
- Mary Elizabeth (1846-1915) – married William Ives, a confectioner
George died on 9 August 1877 in Norwich.
- 1822 Leeds
- 1824 Gainsborough
- 1825 Hull (1 yr 6 mths)
- 1826 London (2 yrs 6 mths)
- 1829 Brandon
- 1830 N Walsham
- 1832 Yarmouth
- 1834 Wisbech
- 1836 Swaffham
- 1837 Ipswich
- 1840 Fakenham
- 1843 Bury St Edmonds
- 1844 Wangford
- 1846 Yarmouth
- 1848 E Dereham
- 1850 Brandon
- 1851 Thetford
- 1853 N Walsham
- 1855 Bedford
- 1858 Swaffham
- 1860 Norwich (Sup)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1828/690; 1839/41
PM Minutes 1878/7
J Petty, The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, p299, p390
H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 2, p21
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers