Clarke, Joseph (1813-1899)
Transcription of Obituary In the Christian Messenger
JOSEPH CLARKE, of Chrishall, Essex, departed this life, on Monday, March 27th, 1899, in the 86th year of his age. He had been a member of our Society in this village for 47 years, having received the divine assurance of sins forgiven under the word preached by a Mr. Colley. He was also a Trustee of the chapel. He sought to bring up his family in the fear of God. His son William is one of our most useful officials, occupying the several positions of local preacher, class leader, society and circuit steward. Several of his grandchildren are also in fellowship with our Church. He regularly attended the means of grace and continued to do so almost to the last. He was present at the services of the sanctury on the last Sabbath but one of his sojourn on earth. The affliction which terminated his earthly career was sharp and painful, but of brief duration. He took a severe cold, which induced an attack of bronchitis, combined with pneumonia, and in a few days his spirit escaped from pain and suffering, and entered into the joy of the Lord.
Family and other information
Joseph was born on 27 August 1813 at Foulmere, Cambridgeshire, to parents Thomas and Ann.
Joseph worked as an agricultural labourer. He married Catherine Warbey (abt1815-1888) in 1837 at Chrishall, Essex. Census returns identify six children.
- William (1838-1904) – a bootmaker and local preacher (1901)
- Ann (b1842) – a house servant (1861); married William baker, a bootmaker, in 1866
- Charles (b1845) – an agricultural labourer (1871)
- Thomas (1847-1859)
- George (b1852) – an agricultural labourer (1871); a builder’s labourer (1891)
- Susan (b abt1856)
Christian Messenger 1899/159
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers
Note: Many records spell the surname Clark