Joshua was born abt1850 at Wednesfield, Staffordshire, to parents John, a coal miner and local preacher (1861), and Mary.
Before entering the ministry, Joshua also worked in a coal mine from a very young age.
He married Bell Park on 24 May 1875 at Middlesex, Ontario. They had one child.
- Leila Bell (1876-1886)
He married Sophie Fox (1856-1929) on 25 December 1882 at Kent, Ontario. Census returns identify four children.
- John Armour (1884-1953) – a barrister (1925)
- Ward Allison (b1888) – a broker (1911)
- Anna Louise (1889-1971)
- Edith M (b1895) – a law student (1921)
Joshua died on 12 August 19345 at Fort William, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
- 1871 Leighton Buzzard
- 1872 Bradford, Canada
- 1873 London
- 1876 Amaranth
- 1878 Collingsby
- 1879 Chatham
- 1881 Brownsville
- 1882 disappears
- Continued as a Methodist minister following Methodist union in Canada.
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers