Hudson, Joseph (1825-1911)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912

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

By the death of Mr. Joseph Hudson, at 86 years of age, the Lichfield Circuit has lost one of its veteran local preachers, and the Leighs Wood society  one of its most respected members. Born in humble and discouraging circumstances, our friend did what he could to cultivate his talents, and strove to make up for lack of culture by increased consecration. 

His term of Christian service embraced the greater part of his long life, and his connection with our Church was unbroken from the day of his conversion. For 62 years he was a faithful Local Preacher, and almost every other office in the Church fell to his share. To serve the Church was always his delight, and to seek the salvation of men was his constant aim. In this ambition he was eminently successful, many seals being affixed to his ministry. 

Long afflicted, on November 30th, 1911, God mercifully delivered him from the burden of the flesh. His body lies in Aldridge churchyard, but his soul is marching on. 

Family

Joseph was born abt1825 at Little Dawley, Shropshire, to parents Joseph, a collier (1841), and Ann.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Joseph.

  • 1841 collier
  • 1851 stone miner
  • 1861 coal miner
  • 1871 miner in coal pit
  • 1881 away from home
  • 1891 coal miner
  • 1901 retired miner
  • 1911 old age pensioner

He married Hannah Maria Collins (1829-1896) on 20 May 1849 at St Peter, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. Census returns identify eight children.

  • Hannah (1852-1919) – married John Meacham, a coal miner, on 18 December 1870
  • Thomas (b1853)
  • Ann Eliza (b1857)
  • Joseph (b abt1860) – a coal miner (1891)
  • Elizabeth (b1865) – a domestic servant (1881)
  • Benjamin (1866-1885)
  • John Thomas (b1869) – a coal miner (1891)
  • Emily Jane (1871-1941) – married Elijah Jukes, a clerk, in 1896

Joseph died on 30 November 1911 at Aldridge, Staffordshire.

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/413

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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