Turner, George William (1854-1916)
George was born on 12 February 1854 at Wickersley, Yorkshire to parents George and Charlotte. George, senior, was a quarry-master. His parents kept open house for ministers and local preachers.
George was converted during a week-night service when Rev John Gair was preaching. He soon became a Sunday School teacher and progressed to be a local preacher whilst still a youth.
George was a poet and hymn writer.
His obituary records that George had a deep reverence for Scriptural truth, without tendency to narrowness or bigotry. He sought to present the truth rather than controvert hostile opinion. He was argumentative in his preaching, but not without bursts of imagination and passion. His diction was rich and chaste, evidencing a close acquaintance with the best writers and authors.
George married Sarah Ann Harrison (b1857) in the summer of 1878 at Belper, Derbyshire. Census returns identify five children.
- George Herbert (b1879)
- Harold Harrison (b1885) – a railway clerk (1911)
- Leonard (b1888)
- Hilda Louise Haverfal (1889-1977) – a schoolteacher (1911)
- Frederick William (b1891) – a railway clerk (1911)
George died on 12 December 1916 at Gloucester, Gloucestershire.
- 1874 Belper
- 1875 Wirksworth
- 1877 Coningsby
- 1878 Lincoln I
- 1879 Gloucester
- 1880 Yarmouth
- 1883 Wangford
- 1886 Rotherham
- 1889 Gainsborough
- 1892 Ashby de la Zouch
- 1895 Hull I
- 1899 Brownhills
- 1902 Grantham
- 1905 Derby
- 1908 Huddersfield
- 1912 Burnley
- 1915 Gloucester
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/801
PM Minutes 1917/268
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers