Tallents, George (1847-1871)


A transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by James Shaw is attached. He quotes Mr. Henry Liversidge, of Mexboro’, as follows.

“My first acquaintance with the late Rev. G. Tallents was in the month of July, 1868; on his arrival in this station (Mexboro’) he came:to my house, at which he abode twelve months. During that period, I had the opportunity of seeing much of him, both in his manner of living as a Christian minister and student. As a Christian his piety was uniform, his walk circumspect; he followed the Saviour closely, and, he often said, endeavoured to tread in the footsteps of his Master, to work in his vine-yard, to better the world, and to bring souls to Christ, which was his chief delight. Although at times he had difficulties to grapple with, trials to encounter, yet he bore them all with patience and Christian fortitude. As a preacher he was well received, and his labours were not in vain, and many are the friends who regret that so promising a young man is taken away. He was kind, benevolent, and disinterested; he was ever ready to relieve the necessitous, the poor, the needy; the widow and the orphan had in him a friend, as far as his limited means would allow. He would minister to the wants of the sick whom he visited, and nothing distressed him more than not to have sufficient to relieve their wants, and mitigate their sorrow. The following circumstance may be stated as illustrative. While out visiting on one occasion, he came to a house in which was a poor man lying dangerously ill on a bed of straw, and, to all human appearance, dying. This, to him, was heartrending; he talked and prayed with the poor man, and left him; but he did not forget him, he had soon the happiness of sending him a bedstead and other articles of use: such was his sympathy for the poor. As a student, he was most laborious; he would sit up often whole nights, and we have known him never to leave his study for thirty-five hours, save for dinner, tea, and supper: such was his thirst for knowledge and mental culture. His rule was to rise at four in the morning; for this purpose he had an alarum clock. We have often remonstrated with him for it, but he would tell us of Wesley, Barnes, and others.”


George was born on 26 April 1847 at Hickleton, Yorkshire, to parents George, a butcher (1851), and Mary.

George was apprenticed to a cabinet maker before entering the ministry.

He married Emily Jane Wetherell (1852-1940) on 6 July 1871 at Selby, Yorkshire.

George died on 14 October 1871 at Retford, Nottinghamshire.

Emily became a domestic servant (1881) and housekeeper (1891) before marrying Thomas Coates Turton, a dental surgeon (1911), in October 1895.


  • Elmfield
  • 1867 Alford
  • 1868 Mexborough
  • 1869 Selby
  • 1871 Gainsborough


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1873/110

PM Minutes 1872/7

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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