Trusler, George (1851-1929)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1929
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

Early years

George was born in 1851 at Northampton, Northamptonshire, to parents William and Catherine. William was a shoemaker.

George was converted at the age of sixteen and at once began to visit the sick and distribute tracts. At first he attended a Congregational Sunday School. He was eventually attracted to the Primitive Methodists and joined the old Horse Market Chapel at Northampton. He was put on the plan in 1869. George worked as a shoemaker before entering the ministry.


His obituary records that George was a capable administrator, church builder, and a most diligent visitor. In District life he filled most of the District Secretaryships, served as Secretary of the Aged Local preachers Fund, and was three times sent to Conference. He was elected Secretary of Conference in 1917.

His special hobby was temperance work, but he was an all-round minister, successful in winning souls and his watchwords in preaching were Explain, Illustrate, and Enforce.


George married Harriett Nicholls Tregunna (1847-1896) in August 1878 at Truro, Cornwall.

George married Annie Slay, nee Parry (1850-1917) in the summer of 1898 at Llandilofawr, Carmarthenshire. Census returns identify one child.

  • George Kenneth (1900-1941) – an engineer

George died on 11 January 1929 at Northampton, Northamptonshire.


  • 1873 Ramsgate
  • 1874 Portsmouth
  • 1876 Falmouth
  • 1877 Plymouth
  • 1878 Torquay
  • 1881 Bournemouth
  • 1884 Newport, Mon
  • 1887 Blaenavon
  • 1889 Ryde & Ventnor
  • 1892 Cardiff I
  • 1895 Blackburn II
  • 1898 Heywood
  • 1901 Kingston
  • 1907 Gravesend
  • 1911 Croydon
  • 1921 Southend
  • 1922 Southend (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1898/784 (Harriett); 1910/87; 1918/511 (Annie); 1929/432

PM Minutes 1929/180

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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