A transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by John Harvey is attached. The following is an extract that describes his preaching.
“He was generally respected, his preaching was acceptable, and he was successful in the conversion of sinners to God. His sermons, though sometimes long to a fault, were not generally of this character. His preaching abilities were considered by judicious persons to be superior to those of many preachers. His sermons were plain and pointed. He aimed not to amuse his hearers with speculations of remote interest, but to lay hold on their affections, and to affect their hearts. His pulpit labours and his general conduct harmonized with each other; both were good. His prayers in private, and his discourses in public, as well as his reproofs and admonitions, gave unquestionable evidence that the salvation of souls was uppermost in his heart.”
Joseph was born in 1811 at Kirton Lindsey, Lincolnshire, to parents William and Ann. He was baptised on 1 January 1812 at Kirton Lindsey.
Joseph died on 27 October 1842 at Kirton Lindsey, Lincolnshire.
- 1835 Scotter
- 1838 Hull – Brighton Mission
- 1839 Wakefield
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1843/404
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers
Note: Leary ascribes this obituary to a different minister, who is listed on the stations from 1825. I have extracted the circuits listed above from the obituary.