Robinson, Joseph (1838-1914)

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

The Stockton Circuit has suffered a great loss in the death of Mr. Joseph Robinson, for many years an outstanding figure in the church and district. Born on the outskirts of Chester-le-Street on June 23rd, 1838, his parents were hard-working, humble people. Joseph was the third of the six sons, and when only nine years old worked in the pit. At ten he was converted, and with two companions used to meet early on Sunday mornings for Bible reading and prayer. Soon he was engaged as a teacher, and at sixteen began to preach. 

An accident in the pit from which he was miraculously delivered decided the future of his life, and he became a successful business man. The bulk of his years were spent in Stockton. A class leader and local preacher, he was also trustee for many of our chapels. His influence was felt throughout the circuit. He took an active part in the District Committees, was frequently a delegate to the District Synods, and twice to Conference. 

He fell on sleep on December 2nd, 1914, and on Saturday, Dec. 5th, was laid to rest in Norton Churchyard, the service being conducted by Revs. J.G. Bowran and H.G. Hide. We tender our sympathy to his widow and family.


Joseph was born on 23 June 1838 at Pelton, nr. Chester le Street, Co. Durham, to parents John Robinson, a coal miner (1851), and Margaret Naisbet.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Joseph.

  • 1851 coal miner
  • 1861 coal miner
  • 1871 traveller to Mr McHague books
  • 1881 fruit merchant
  • 1891 fruit merchant
  • 1901 retired fruit merchant
  • 1911 iron, steel and general merchant

He married Margaret Fairley (1836-1862) on 11 October 1857 at Chester le Street, Co. Durham

He married Elizabeth Ranson (abt1850-1916) in early 1871 in the Stockton Registration District, Co. Durham. Census returns identify two children.

  • John Newton (1875-1960) – chemist (1901); emigrated to Canada in 1911
  • Joseph William N (1878-1938) – a splitting machine engineer in leather trade (1911)

Joseph died on 2 December 1914 at Norton, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/329

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