Powell, Joseph Henry (1868-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

The society at Welsh End, in the Wem Circuit, has recently sustained an irreparable loss by the death of Mr. Joseph Henry Powell, on November 16th, at the early age of forty-eight. He was Sunday school superintendent, and loved the children, taking an active interest in their moral and spiritual welfare. He was also the energetic treasurer of the church. He was several times representative to the District Synod and Conference, and last year, at Reading, he preached at the great camp meeting. He was one of the ablest laymen in our circuit, and loved to exalt the crucified, risen and glorified Christ. 

Impressive services were conducted by Rev. I. Ashworth at his residence and at the church, assisted by Revs. C.S. Boulton, W.R. Brotherton, W. Hull, and Mr. G.H. Holland. The memorial service on November 28th was conducted by the Circuit Minister.


Joseph was born in the summer of 1868 at Whixall, Shropshire, to parents Thomas Powell, a farmer & preacher (1861), and Elizabeth Tudor. He was baptised on 23 September in the Wee and Press Green Circuit by William Edmund Saunders.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Joseph.

  • 1891 farmer’s son
  • 1901 farmer
  • 1911 farmer

He married Jane Craddock (1867-1942) in the spring of 1891 in the Whitchurch Registration District, Shropshire. Census returns identify eleven children.

  • Jessie Kathleen (1892-1978) – housekeeper (1939)
  • Arthur Stanley (1893-1962) – dairy farmer (1939)
  • Harry Reginald (1895-1964) – a farm manager (1921)
  • Frank Harold (1896-1946) – a motor car driver (1921); dairy farmer (1939)
  • Frances Jennie (1897-1998) – married Harry Green, a school headmaster (1939), in 1925
  • Dorothy Madge (1898-1972) – married John R Beckett, a dairy farmer (1939), in 1924
  • Thomas Henry Duncan (1899-1987) – farmer; heavy worker (1939)
  • Muriel Lily (1901-1993) – married Wilfred Hall Spibey, a dairy farmer (1939), in 1934
  • Elizabeth Sylva (1902-1985) – married Norman Powell, a dairy farmer (1939), in 1928
  • Hilda Mary (1904-1994) – married Harry Pinson, a boat repairer & dealer & newsagent (1939),in 1928
  • Winnifred Annie (1906-1965) – married Herbert Edward Woodvine, a dairy farmer (1939), in 1933

Joseph died on 16 November 1915 at Braynes Hall, Whixall, Shropshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/158

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