Graham, Joseph (1830-1912)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1877
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1877

Early years

Joseph was born on 25 February 1830 at Littlemore, nr Glossop, Derbyshire. His father was a local preacher. At the age of 10, the family moved to Marple, Cheshire.  His parents regularly entertained early PM preachers in their home, including Hugh Bourne.

Joseph was converted at the age of 18 at a cottage prayer meeting under the ministry of Rev George Kidd.

He spent 18 months as a local preacher before commencing the itinerant ministry in Manchester in 1850.

Ministry

In 1872, Joseph was sent to South Australia, travelling on the Liberator along with Emmanuel Masterman. After a couple of years, his health failed and he had to return home.

Joseph was Treasurer of the Preachers Friendly Society for 5 years.

His obituary records that his sermons were often able and eloquent, but always earnest and evangelical.

Family

Joseph married Caroline Pritchard (1827-1912) in 1856 at Manchester. Census returns identify four children.

  • Alfred Henry (b1858)
  • John C (b1860)
  • Martha Jane (1864-1891) – married Charles Auty
  • Eliza Annie (1868-1951) – music teacher; married Arthur Beavan, a PM Minister

Joseph died on 23 June 1912 at Marple, Cheshire.

Circuits

  • 1850 Manchester ll
  • 1851 Rochdale
  • 1853 Stockport
  • 1854 Manchester l
  • 1856 Manchester ll
  • 1857 Preston Brook
  • 1858 Knowlwood
  • 1861 Preston
  • 1864 Oldham l
  • 1866 Chester
  • 1869 Bury
  • 1872 Adelaide l (Australia)
  • 1873 Wallaroo
  • 1875 Bury (Lancashire)
  • 1877 Birkenhead
  • 1878 Preston ll
  • 1880 Birkenhead
  • 1883 Crewe
  • 1886 Blackpool
  • 1890 Wolverhampton
  • 1891 New Mills
  • 1893 Blackpool (S)
  • 1894 Birkenhead l

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1877/641

PM Minutes 1912/304

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

 

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