Father of a Prime Minister

William George was interred in St Cwrda’s churchyard, Jordanston in 1864 aged 44. He was descended from an old farming family of Pencaer Georges. Born in 1820 at Trecoed farm, Jordanston, to David and Mary George, his early ambition was to teach.                                                                                                                         His early life is not fully documented, but it seems that he taught in Liverpool and then in London for perhaps ten years. In April 1855, aged 35, he married Londoner Selina Huntley, aged 36, in St Georges Church, Hanover Square.

The couple then ran a private school in Upper Market Street, Haverfordwest, but tragically, Selina died only eight months later from tuberculosis. She was interred in St Thomas’s churchyard.

William may then have run a private school at Llysyronnen, St Nicholas for a short time, before accepting a teaching position in Pwllheli, where he met his second wife Elizabeth Lloyd. They married in 1859 and later William moved to a teaching post in Manchester where their second child David was born in 1863. In the same year William returned to Pembrokeshire, and rented a smallholding at Bulford near Johnston. Sadly he died of pneumonia a year later. He left a large collection of books which greatly assisted in the education of his children.

Elizabeth moved to Llanystumdwy, Criccieth in Gwynedd where she and her brother Richard Lloyd raised her three children, Mary Ellen 1861-1909, David 1863-1945 and William 1865-1967. Elizabeth died in 1896 aged 70 and was interred at Capel Uchaf, Criccieth.

Their son, David Lloyd George, served as a Liberal British Prime Minister between 1916 and 1922 and is the only Welshman ever to have done so.

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