Broadhurst, Joseph (1819-1881)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference by Joseph R Taylor

JOSEPH BROADHURST was born November 7, 1819, and died April 28, 1881, aged sixty-two. When about fourteen years of age he gave himself to God and became a member among the New Connexion. He subsequently united in membership at Oakengates, then in the Wrockwardine Wood Circuit. Two years afterwards he entered the ministry on the Birmingham Circuit. He also laboured on the undermentioned stations with general acceptability and some success: Darlaston, Tunstall, Docking, Brandon, St. Ives, Pillawell (twice), Pontypool, Radstock, Seend Cleeve, and Warminster. Here he felt unable to continue his work, and sought superannuation at the Conference of 1876. 

He located on the Hay Circuit; and after the death of his wife, he came to finish life among old friends on the Frome Circuit. When he could he well attended the means of grace, &c. Asthma and dropsy were the instruments of his dissolution. Both in prayer and at class meeting he would frequently say, ‘Some are called to do the will of the Lord , some are called to suffer it. I did His will once, now I am called to suffer it. Lord help me.’ There were no rapturous utterances, no overflowing joy attending his last hours. He spake not; he sat in his chair, bowed his head, and as quietly as descending light, or the opening of summer’s flowers, passed away. 

He was a member of the Christian Church about forty eight and a Primitive Methodist minister twenty-nine years. He had his failings; who has not? May we meet him among the faultless before the throne of God. Amen.


Joseph was born on 7 November 1819 at Shifnall, Shropshire.

He married Mary Lewis (1827-1878) in the spring of 1857 in the Hay Registration District, Breconshire.

Joseph died on 28 April 1881.


  • 1851 Birmingham
  • 1852 Presteign
  • 1854 Darlaston
  • 1856 Tunstall
  • 1857 Docking
  • 1859 Brandon
  • 1860 St Ives
  • 1861 Pillowell
  • 1864 Tredegar
  • 1866 Pillowell
  • 1867 Pontypool
  • 1870 Radstock
  • 1873 Seend Cleeve
  • 1874 Warminster
  • 1876 Hay (Sup)
  • 1880 Oakengates


PM Minutes 1881/16

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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