Outram, Joseph (1845-1914

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.T.B.

Joseph Outram was for fifty-one years one of our most efficient and effective local preachers. Born at West Melton, near Rawmarsh, on February 22nd, 1845, he was early converted to Christ by the agency of our Church. Soon after he became a local preacher in the old Rotherham Circuit. Eight years ago he removed to Southport and joined our Second Circuit there. 

Connected with coal-mining from his birth, he diligently studied the whole question scientifically, and rose step by step until he became a colliery manager. He prepared for his public efforts just as carefully. In July, 1913, he celebrated his jubilee as a local preacher by giving a tea to the members and friends of his old church at Rawmarsh, when his old friends presented him with a fine illuminated address. 

His end came unexpectedly in July, 1914, and his passing creates a vacancy it will not be easy to fill. May the good Lord have in His gracious keeping the widow who loved him so dearly and ministered to him so self-sacrificingly !


Joseph was born on 22 February 1845 at West Melton, Yorkshire, to parents John Outram, a mason (1841), and Mary Ann Johnson. Joseph’s father died before Joseph was born. He was baptised on 23 March 1845 ay Wath upon Dearne.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Joseph.

  • 1861 coal miner
  • 1871 miner
  • 1881 colliery manager
  • 1891 colliery manager
  • 1901 colliery manager
  • 1911 retired colliery manager

He married Ann Eggleston (1834-1906) in the spring of 1866 in the Rotherham Registration District, Yorkshire. Census returns identify four children.

  • Ruth Eggleston (1867-1871)
  • Alice (1868-1935) – married John Crawshaw, a coal miner (1891) and later a fruiterer, in 1888
  • Lilley (b1871) – not identified after 1891 census return
  • Quinn (b abt1877) – a coal miner (1891); only identified in 1891 census return

He married Mary Birtwistle (abt1858-1937) in late 1906 in the Ormskirk Registration District, Lancashire. Mary married Moses Pilkington in 1922.

Joseph died on 16 July 1914 at Southport, Lancashire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/580

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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