Welbourne, George (1872-1962)

Rev George Welbourne
Englesea Brook Museum 30o/01
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1924
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1924

Early years

George was born in 1872 at Leeds, Yorkshire to parents John Parker Welbourne and Sarah. John was a mechanic. George’s grandfather was Rev George Welbourne (1811-1850).

George also worked as a mechanic before entering the ministry.


From the beginning of his ministry, George proved himself to be an able preacher; his sermons were thoughtful, fresh and arresting, and he was noted for his success as an evangelist whose skilful and tender appeals captured the hearts of his hearers.

After retiring in 1937, George went to Scarborough, where he was an active supernumerary for some years, finally retiring to Bridlington. He still continued preaching, cycling to his appointments, until over the age of eighty, and was Free Church Chaplian to three hospitals, a work which he loved and in which he exercised a gracious ministry. In 1957, he went to live in Orpington.


George married Eliza Ann Pexton (1877-1961) in the summer of 1898 at Hull, Yorkshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Everil Marjorie (1904-2000) – married Harold William Grigg in 1934
  • George Verdon (1907-1989) – a divisional education officer (1944)

George died on 3 February 1962 at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, London.


  • Hartley
  • 1894 Hull III
  • 1896 Hull VI
  • 1898 Poplar
  • 1904 Bridlington
  • 1910 Bradford VI
  • 1915 Leicester II
  • 1921 Leicester IV
  • 1925 Castleford
  • 1932 Filey
  • 1937 Scarborough (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1924/446

Methodist Minutes 1962/207

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference.

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