Juniper, Joseph Thomas (1867-1938)
Transcription of Magazine ‘Sketch’
Councillor Juniper was born at Howe Street, a village on the Chelmsford Station. At the age of fourteen he left home for London, carrying with him the prayers and gracious example of pious parents. He attended the services of our church at Dartmouth Park and there gave himself to Jesus Christ, beginning a life of Christian service in which he has had joy until this day. Change of occupation led our brother to Hackney and to his association with Clapton Park Tabernacle, where he continues to serve his church. Though still a young man, he has been Station steward fourteen years. As a local preacher his services are highly appreciated. For ten years he has held the office of District Missionary treasurer, and has several times been delegate to District meeting. His fellow citizens have recognised his uprightness of character and soundness of judgement, by electing him a member of the Hackney Town Council on three occasions.
Family and other information
James was born in 1867 at Howe Street nr Great Waltham, Essex to parents James and Eliza. James worked the land.
Census returns provide the following occupations for Joseph.
- 1881 agricultural labourer
- 1891 journeyman baker
- 1901 baker’s shopkeeper
- 1911 master baker
Joseph married Frances Francis (1866-1941) in early 1893 at Hackney, London. Census returns identify five children.
- Olive Frances (1894-1988) – married William G Taylor in 1918
- Harold Joseph (b1897) – an electrical inspector (1924); emigrated to Canada in 1920
- Leslie Sydney (1899-1959)
- Irene Doris Alice (1904-2000) – married Douglas H James in 1927
- Lawrence William (1906-1988) – a surgical instrument technician (1941)
Joseph died in the spring of 1938 at Leyton, Essex.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908/614
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