Burkitt, Joseph (1863-1940)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917

Early years

Joseph was born in 1863 at Hull, Yorkshire to parents John Burkitt and Ann Vaughan. John earned his living as a general labourer. Joseph also worked as a labourer before entering the ministry.


Immediately after completing his probation, Joseph went to West Africa as a missionary. On his return he was untiring in his advocacy of missionary work.

Joseph served for twelve years as District Missionary Secretary.

His obituary records that his ambition was to be a faithful circuit minister, and as such, he was gratefully remembered in all his circuits. In qualities of heart and mind he was rich. His disposition was gentle and refined. He was a keen student and alert to the problems of the day.


Joseph married Minnie Dyche (1873-1956) in the spring of 1893 at Doncaster, Yorkshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Walter Ewart (1895-1961) – entered Hartley; volunteered for RAMC in WW1; a PM Minister
  • Elsie Vaughan (1896-1979) – married George Robert Edgar Waite in 1920

Joseph died on 19 January 1940 at Harrogate, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1886 Crowle
  • 1888 Doncaster
  • 1890 San Carlos Bay
  • 1891 George’s Bay
  • 1892 Tamworth
  • 1893 Chichester
  • 1894 Dalton & Millom
  • 1896 Horbury
  • 1900 Castleford
  • 1904 Wakefield I
  • 1907 Gainsborough
  • 1911 Scunthorpe
  • 1916 Pudsey
  • 1920 Rotherham I
  • 1925 Doncaster
  • 1931 Middleham
  • 1933 Wensleydale
  • 1934 Harrogate (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917/668

Methodist Minutes 1940/172

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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  • Thank you Geoff, Joseph is my Great Grandfather.

    By David Abel (16/02/2017)

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