Wood, George (1812-1843)

Report of George Wood preaching at Gedney Hill.

Early Life

George Wood was born 5 April 1812, the son of George and Ann (Agnes) Wood of Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland. He was baptised at the Golden Square Presbyterian Church, Berwick upon Tweed, on 9 April 1812.

‘George son of George Wood, a Steward & Carpenter aboard the Ann, Government Transport, & Agnes his wife. Born in Berwick 5th April & baptised the 9th, the Mother being the Sponsor.’

Aged 21, George Wood was admitted as a Freeman of Berwick-upon-Tweed.
’12 April 1833. George Wood, mariner, eldest son of George Wood.’ 


1842 newpapers report George Wood preaching and visits made to a prisoner at Mansfield after trial and before hanging.
June 1842, newspapers state that the Rev George Wood of Mansfield preached at the Primitive Methodist Chapel of Ilkeston, Nottinghamshire.
1842 Whites Directory for Donington, Lincolnshire reads:
‘Wood Geo. Prim. Meth. Minister, resides in High Street’.
May 1843 newspaper report that Rev George Wood delivered sermon the Baptist Chapel, Gedney Hill, Lincolnshire.
June 1843 newspaper state that Rev George Wood was leaving Mansfield for Sheffield.


On 12 May 1841 at the Primitive Methodist Chapel at Spalding Lincolnshire, George Wood married Charlotte Draper, the daughter of William Draper and Elizabeth, formerly Staves, of Gosberton. His residence at the time of the marriage was Donington, Lincolnshire. They had two children:

  • George Wood (1842–1913) – a PM minister
  • William Draper Wood (1843– 1918) – a blacksmith and PM local preacher

George Wood died 29th December 1843, at 16 Dean Street, Parish of St Paul’s, Shadwell, London. The informant of the death was James Rugless, Occupier, who was present at the death. George was described as 31 years old, a Primitive Methodist Minister. Cause of death ‘heart diseased’. The address was a boarding house and the cause of George being in London at that time is unknown.

George’s remains were interred at Gosberton Clough PM chapel, Lincolnshire.


  • 1834 Liverpool (6 mths)
  • 1834 Huddersfield (6 mths)
  • 1835 Leicester
  • 1837 Ashby de la Zouch
  • 1839 Doncaster
  • 1841 Mansfield
  • 1843 Sheffield
  • 1844 disappears


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

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