Watson, George (1818-1895)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1868
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1868

Early years

George was born on 15 August 1818 at Kirton Lindsey, Lincolnshire. He was converted in his teens during a revival at Scotter.

Ministry

His obituary records; ‘In disposition (George) was cheerful and kindly, confident and hopeful, in Christian experience he was sound, clear and profoundly spiritual; he spoke of the deeper things of God with the authority of a man who knew; the spiritual was very real to him, he lived as one who saw the Invisible.’

The Rev. J Austerley wrote; ‘As a preacher he was earnest, forceful and practical. His sermons were built up of scriptural truth, sanctified humour, and sound common sense, and produced great results.’

Family

George married Mary Ann (1820-1887). Census returns identify five children.

  • Mary Jane (b1848) – married William James Tooley, a commercial traveller
  • Everlina (b1852)
  • John Cooke (1854-1936) – a clock and watch maker/repairer
  • Rebecca (1857-1927) – married George Norris, a florist
  • George (1859-1884) – a watchmaker

George died in March 1895 at Hull, Yorkshire.

Circuits

  • 1840 Scotter
  • 1841 Swinefleet
  • 1842 Scarborough
  • 1844 Hull
  • 1845 Barton on Humber
  • 1846 Louth
  • 1848 Market Rasen
  • 1850 Pocklington
  • 1852 Wellow
  • 1854 Epworth
  • 1856 Driffield
  • 1858 Scarborough
  • 1860 Gainsborough
  • 1862 Tadcaster
  • 1863 Swinefleet
  • 1865 Grimsby
  • 1867 Louth
  • 1869 Epworth
  • 1872 Hornsea
  • 1875 Retford
  • 1876 Filey
  • 1877 Scarborough (S)
  • 1878 Hull l

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1868 (portrait)

PM Minutes 1895/9

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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