Butt, Joseph (1831-1916)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.T.E.

Joseph Butt was born at Sandleheath in Wiltshire, but in early life became associated with Southampton and the neighbourhood. He excelled as a boxer and in feats of strength. When just over thirty he found Christ, and his strength and enthusiasm were given whole-heartedly to the service of his Saviour. In the town and the villages for miles around he was greatly used of God in the salvation of men. His great delight was in temperance work, open-air services and evangelistic meetings. 

He was a man of pronounced individuality and great force of character. To him God was very real. He had great power in prayer. At one time, for three years he and another “supplied” a place twelve miles away to prevent its being closed. Very generous in his gifts, in many ways he will be greatly missed.

While preparing to go to a public meeting he had an apoplectic seizure from which he never recovered consciousness, passing into the presence of his Lord and Saviour on Friday, 3rd February, 1916, at the advanced age of eighty-five years.

In addition to being one of our oldest local preachers, he was a trustee for many of our chapels and a member of District Committee. The funeral was conducted by Rev. George Wood, E. Ball, W. Sawyer, J. Turley, and J.T. Evans. A deeply impressive memorial service was held at Bevois Town the following Sunday.


Joseph was born abt1831 at Sandleheath, Hampshire, to parents John Butt, a labourer, and Sarah Isaac. He was baptised on 30 September 1832 at Fordingbridge, Hampshire.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Joseph.

  • 1851 carman labourer
  • 1861 contractor
  • 1871 farmer of 53 acres employing 3 men and 2 boys
  • 1881 builder
  • 1891 road contractor
  • 1901 road contractor
  • 1911 contractor road

He married Louisa Green (1822-1878) on 18 May 1854 at Southampton, Hampshire.

He married Maria Bennett (1841-1916) on 21 July 1878 at Southampton, Hampshire.

Joseph died on 3 February 1916 at Southampton, Hampshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/415

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Sandleheath, although close to the border of W

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