Rutherford, Joseph (1855-1915)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.A. West

In the death of Mr. J. Rutherford, Crawcrook Church, in the Blaydon Circuit, has lost one whom it could ill afford to spare.

Arriving here from Weardale thirty-eight years ago, he won his way in the Church by sheer goodness and a quiet faithfulness in the discharge of common duties. For years he has been the treasurer of the Church. During the building of a new chapel he served the Church’s interests with a real devotedness. Above all he had a living-religious experience; a simple faith that delighted in God and rejoiced to walk with Him. This permeated his daily career and moulded all his conduct. 

He has left us all too soon at the age of sixty, whilst we were still looking for years of service from him. He has left behind an influence and a testimony that shall abide.


Joseph was born in late 1855 at Stanhope, Co. Durham, to parents Michael Rutherford, a lead miner (1861), and Hannah Pattinson. 

Census returns identify the following occupations for Joseph.

  • 1871 lead miner
  • 1881 coal miner
  • 1891 coal miner
  • 1901 coal miner hewer
  • 1911 coal miner

He married Mary Ann Lowe (1858-1943) in late 1877 in Weardale, Co. Durham. Census returns identify ten children.

  • Hannah (1878-1942)        
  • John (1880-1969) – a coal miner hewer (1901)
  • George Whitfield (1882-1970) – a coal miner hewer (1901)
  • William (1884-1959) – a coal miner hewer (1911)
  • Frederick (1886-1916) – assistant draper (1911); died in WW1
  • Joseph (1889-1972) – cola miner hewer (1911)
  • Elizabeth (1892-1975) – married Thomas William Dobson, a coal miner out of work (1921), in 1918
  • Michael (1896-1984) – driver in coal mine (1911); colliery hewer below (1939)
  • Annie (1899-1999) – married Ernest Edwin Blair, a hay cutler (1921), in 1925
  • Mary (1902-1944) – married William Stanton, a coal mine overman (1939), in 1924

Joseph died on 18 Octobe 1915 at Crawcrook, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/157

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