Hall, Joseph (1842-1912)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W. Barton

Joseph Hall was born at Sherburn Hill in Durham, Sept. 5th, 1842, and died on Sept. 5th, 1912, at Houghton-le-Spring. Converted in his 14th year, he joined the Church and had as his first class leader Mr. William Robson.

Removing to Murton, in the Hetton circuit, he immediately joined the church there, became a Sunday School teacher, and, later, passed on to the preachers’ plan. As a preacher he was thoughtful and devout, in great request for special occasions, and for evangelistic services, in which he was very successful.

Connected with the Good Templar and Rechabite Orders, the Temperance and Literary Institute at Wearton, to which he gave three and a half years unremitting labour as secretary, owes much to his initiation and support


Joseph was born on 5 September 1842 at Sherburn Hill, Co. Durham, to parents Jonathan Hall, a coal miner, and Elizabeth Lonsdale. he was baptised on 1 January 1843 at Shadforth, Co. Durham.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Joseph.

  • 1861 coal miner
  • 1871 miner
  • 1881 coal miner
  • 1891 coal miner (deputy overman)
  • 1901 coal miner, deputy overman underground
  • 1911 retired

He married Margaret Thompson (1840-1911) in the summer of 1865 in the Easington Registration District, Co. Durham. Census returns identify five of seven children.

  • Margaret (1868-1925) – a milliner (1891); married Joseph Nichol in 1891
  • William Oliver (1870-1954) – a school authority clerk (retired) (1939)
  • Elizabeth Jane (1874- – a domestic servant (1891); married Amos Ryder, a PM minister, in 1903
  • Joseph (1876-1956) – a school attendance officer (1911)
  • Elijah T (1878-1954) – a clothing manager (1911)

Joseph died on 5 September 1912 at Houghton-le-Spring, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1913/574

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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