Stobbs, Joseph (1850-1916)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 

Joseph Stobbs went home to God on Tuesday, April 18th, at the age of sixty-six. He was born in Allendale, and at the age of seventeen became a member of our Church. When he was twenty-two he removed to Newcastle, and entered on a successful business career. 

He joined our West Street Church, and, when the present Kingsley Church was built, he became a trustee and superintendent of the Sunday school. The great love of his heart was for Sunday school work. Four years ago he completed forty years as a teacher, and was the recipient of a diploma of honour, given by the Old Bailey Sunday School Union. 

On Good Friday the Revs. R. Ferguson, T. Sowerby and W.D. Cox conducted a memorial service. A large congregation gathered in the church and at the graveside. He was a good man, and his life and influence will live.


Joseph was born in 1850 at Allendale, Northumberland, to parents Thomas Stobbs, a lead ore smelter (1851), and Elizabeth Shield. Joseph was baptised on 25 August 1850 at Allendale.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Joseph.

  • 1861 scholar
  • 1871 carpenter
  • 1881 joiner
  • 1891 picture framer
  • 1901 wholesale picture framer
  • 1911 picture frame maker

He married Eleanor Law (1846-1896) in early 1876 at Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland. Census returns identify nine children.

  • Joseph William (1877-1916) – wholesale picture framer (1901)
  • David (1878-1949) – broker’s clerk (1901)
  • Elizabeth (1880-1936) – housemaid (1911); emigrated to Australia in 1913; married Herbert William Robertson in 1917
  • Ernest (1882-1944) – assisting in father’s business (1911); clerk in Ministry of Pensions (1921)
  • Eleanor (b1883) – housemaid (1911)
  • Hannah Jane (1884-1949) – dressmaker (1911); married Thomas Baggaley, a hospital porter (1939), in 1915
  • Grace (1886-1940) – assisting in father’s business (1911); emigrated to Australia in 1913; married John Henry Davidson in 1915
  • Herbert (b1888) – a Post Office Telephones clerk (1939)
  • Thomas Henry (1891-1955) – shipping clerk (1911)

He married Agnes Porter Lawrence (1859-1947) in late 1901 at Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.

Joseph died on 18 April 1916 at Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/860

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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