Day, Joseph (1838-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by James Dobson

Mr. Joseph Day passed away April 27th, 1915, at the age of seventy-seven years. Born at Tebworth, in Bedfordshire, he attended the Wesleyan Church, and when young gave himself to God, and became a local preacher, in which capacity he did good work. On coming to Acton he cast in his lot with Primitive Methodism, and until the end of his life was one of its most devoted members and officials. In addition to being a successful class leader, he was the secretary of the trustees, and also the head of the choir, never sparing himself for the good of the cause.

His brethren also recognised his worth, and for several years elected him as one of their representatives on the District Committee. Both in the services and the business meetings his genial presence will be much missed. 

All that was mortal of him was committed to the grave by Rev. J. Holland amid many tokens of respect, and a memorial service was conducted by the writer.


Joseph was born abt1838 at Tebworth, Bedfordshire, to parents James, who worked the land (1841), and Hannah Gates.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Joseph.

  • 1851 scholar at workhouse
  • 1861 brickmaker & Wesleyan local preacher
  • 1871 brickmaker & builder
  • 1881 house and estate agent
  • 1891 estate agent
  • 1901 builder’s surveyor
  • 1911 insurance agent

He married Mary Ann Jones (1829-1904) in the summer of 1867 in the Kensington Registration District, London. Census returns identify one child.

  • Joseph Walter (1869-1950) – a merchant’s clerk (1891); constructional engineer’s accountant (1911)

He married Alice Monk (b1869) in the spring of 1906 in the Wycombe Registration District, Buckinghamshire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Ivy Gladys J (1909-1913)

Joseph died on 27 April 1915 at Acton.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/830

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