Rev G Stainton Marris

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Papers relating to his father; missionary publications and articles; miscellaneous papers; visual material

Administrative / Biographical History

George Stainton Marris, the elder son of the Rev George Marris (1854-1952) who served as a Methodist missionary in China, was born at Oxford in 1885. After being educated at Hull and Owen's College Manchester he undertook a Bachelor of the Arts London Degree at Handsworth College. He entered the Wesleyan Methodist ministry in 1907 and was dispatched to India. Serving in the Hyderabad District he began working in Hyderabad itself until transferring to nearby Secunderabad two years later where he had responsibility for education, including the Boys' High School. He remained there (excluding a furlough in 1915) until 1919 when he relocated to Nizambad. In 1920 he took another furlough but upon his return in 1921 he took up residence in Ellareddi. That year the provincial synod requested that he be transferred to the Mysore District and upon arrival he took up the post of Professor of New Testament and Theology at the United Theological College in Bangalore [Bengaluru] until 1931 (excluding a furlough in 1928).

His wife, Ellen Crowther Atkinson (they married in 1911), had been active in Zenana work but her health became very poor and the couple were forced to return to England in 1931. Marris remained in home circuits for the rest of his career (principally in London and the South-East) but retained an interest in missionary work by serving on MMS committees including the General committee and the Eastern committee. In 1947 he became a supernumerary but also took on the role as chaplain at the Banstead Mental Home in Surrey. He worked there up until a few weeks before his death on 11 November 1955.

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Related Material

Also within the records of the (Wesleyan) Methodist Missionary Society is the official correspondence for George S Marris (MMS/India/Correspondence/Hyderabad/FBN 13-15 & MMS/India/Correspondence/Mysore/FBN 29). Further information on Marris' work, as well as the work of his colleagues, will be contained in the relevant Synod Minutes (MMS/India/Synod Minutes/FBN 6-8 & 12-17).