Daish, Joseph Henry (1840-1921)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference by W Davies

The Rev. Joseph Henry Daish was born on December 6th, 1840, at Bartons Road, Newport, I.W. His home was visited by the founders of Primitive Methodism, Hugh Bourne and William Clowes. His father was an ardent local preacher and foreman of the local lace factory, where our deceased brother was employed in his early years. He was soundly converted to God while very young, and at the age of fifteen commenced to preach, mainly in the open air. 

Owing to the interest displayed in him by Dr. Antliff, and the assistance rendered, he joined the ranks of the ministry. His probation was spent at St. Albans and Sandwich. After a period. spent on the Malden Circuit, he was accepted for missionary work in Australia and laboured on the following stations:- Wingacarribie, Wooloomooloo, Bowral, Parramatta, Newcastle, Newtown, and Sydney, where he built the chapel at Marackville. Much of his time was spent in the bush, where, unfortunately, he had a severe attack of sunstroke. 

Returning to the homeland, he travelled at Hounslow, Dover (where he built the Belgrave Road Chapel), Worthing, Gloucester, South Moulton, and Bath Second. He superannuated in 1890, and settled down in his native place, Newport, I.W., but on request, rendered supply work at Petersfield, Lowestoft, and Redhill. All the local churches also benefited by his services, so long as his health permitted. He took a great interest in the P.S.A. movement, and was vice-president of the Newport P.S.A. for many years. 

An able preacher, he specially delighted in open-air services, and distinguished himself by the stand he took for the right to preach in the open air at Worthing. In recent years his health failed considerably, but the loss of his wife in October, 1920, was a blow from which he never recovered. Although confined to his room for so many months, his mental faculties remained bright to the end. He took a keen interest in current affairs, both political and religious. His Christian experience and testimony was always bright and encouraging. His conversation was an inspiration. After a lingering illness, the end came rather suddenly on June 10th, 1921, when he passed peacefully home.

The funeral service was held on June 13th in our Pyle Street Chapel, Newport. The Rev. W. Sawyer represented the General Committee, and offered prayer. The Revs. H.G. Brewer and S.S. Coulson read the lessons. A short address was given by the Rev. W. Davies, who also read the committal service at the grave. Six sons and one daughter are left to mourn his loss.


Joseph was born on 6 December 1840 at Newport, Isle of Wight, to parents Joseph Dash, a lace maker, and Elizabeth Matthews. Joseph was baptised on 26 January 1841 at Whippingham, Isle of Wight.

He married Ruth Fife (1844-1920) in the summer of 1865 in the Eastry Registration District, Kent. Census returns identify seven children.

  • Edgar Fife (abt1867-1924) – a grocer (1921)
  • Louis Henry Cuthbert (1868-1936) – a tailor (1911)
  • Ethelbert Ernest (1870-1958) – a grocer’s manager (1911)
  • Frederick Joseph Harold (1873-1946) – a tailor (1911)
  • Edith Lilian (1875-1941) -married Charles G Dunstan in 1911
  • Alfred Percy (1877-1950) – a commercial traveller (1939)
  • Rupert Edwin (b1880) – a printer (1911)

Joseph died on 10 June 1921 at Newport, Isle of Wight.


  • 1861 Ramsgate
  • 1863 Maldon
  • 1865 Wingicaribee, Australia
  • 1871 Newcastle
  • 1874 Sydney IV
  • 1874 Sydney III
  • 1876 Richmond
  • 1878 Dover
  • 1883 Worthing
  • 1885 Gloucester
  • 1887 Bath II
  • 1890 Newport, IoW (S)
  • 1897 Redhill
  • 1900 Newport, IoW 


PM Minutes 1921/254

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Many of the records relating to his early life are in the surname Dash

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