Bilton, Joseph (1874-1943)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

JOSEPH BILTON: born at Barton-on-Humber in 1874, After his course at Hartley College he entered the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1897, retiring in 1937. District offices and civic honours were his at times, but it was in circuit work that he revelled. He had an aptitude for business. He knew what he believed and spared no pains in so preparing himself and his message that his hearers might see clearly the vision of his Lord. 

As a faithful pastor he knew his people; they knew him and prized his friendship. Anyone who was privileged to share his home life came to know and appreciate the fineness of his tastes. He loved the beautiful in God’s creation, and that too wrought by the hand of man. Happily, to the last moment he had the full use of all these gifts, and to the end he was young in heart and mind. Very suddenly the call to the higher service came, on February 4, 1943.


Joseph was born on 12 September 1874 at Barton on Humber, Lincolnshire.

He married Annie Elise Burnett (abt1871-1960) in the summer of 1903 at Barton-on-Humber, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Dorothea (1906-1998) – married Eric V Elwes, a soap manufacturer 91939), in 1933
  • Eric (1908-1979) – a PM minister

Joseph died on 4 February 1943 at Scarborough, Yorkshire. he was buried on 8 February 1943 at Hutton Buscel, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1899 Newport & Cowes
  • 1902 Sturminster
  • 1903 Glastonbury
  • 1905 Scotter
  • 1908 Doncaster II
  • 1911 Pickering
  • 1915 Wakefield
  • 1919 Shrewsbury
  • 1920 Bacup
  • 1924 Weymouth
  • 1926 Brotton
  • 1929 Bilston
  • 1934 Hull Holderness
  • 1937 Scarborough


Methodist Minutes 1943/129

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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