Fisher, Joseph (1853-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

By the passing of Brother Fisher on February 28th, 1913, the whole of our Blackheath and Langley circuit has been rendered unmistakably the poorer. Converted at the age of eighteen, he began work in the Sunday School and the open-air. Soon he became a local preacher, and for some years past occupied the position of circuit secretary. He was one of the most painstaking circuit officials one could meet. 

For our friend the Bible and other good books, the class meeting, and prayer, were never-ending sources of inspiration and strength. Humility of spirit and sympathy were outstanding traits in his character. His generosity, his deep devotion and loyalty to the Church were conspicuous to all who knew him. He had a deep sense of right and wrong, and few bore a more stainless record than he. 

Trouble and difficulty came to him early, but he evinced a firm trust in God and a magnificent stedfastness to principle.


The subject of this obituary was probably Joseph, born abt1853 at Tipton, Staffordshire, to parents Isaac Fisher, a puddler (1861), and Mary Ann Morton.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Joseph.

  • 1871 puddler
  • 1881 puddler
  • 1901 ironworks puddler
  • 1911 ironworker puddler

He married Sarah Ann Smith (abt1853-??) on 1 June 1873 at St Thomas, Dudley, Staffordshire. Census returns identify six of twelve children.

  • Mary Ann (1873-1906)
  • Harriet (1880-1895)
  • Sabra (1886-1923) – married Samuel Horne, a railway labourer (1911), in 1903
  • Joseph James (1889-1968) – a brickworks labourer (1911)
  • Sarah Ann (1890-1984) – married William Hogan, an iron worker, in 1910
  • John (1897-1980)

Joseph died on 28 February 1913 at Rowley Regis, Staffordshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/579

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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