Henderson, Joseph (1882-1957)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

JOSEPH HENDERSON (8): born in 1882 at Great Broughton, Cumberland, and trained at Hartley College. In 1907 his ministry began in Hamilton, where a newly formed society was meeting in hired premises. It says much for the confidence with which he was regarded that a probationer should have been entrusted with such a responsibility, involving an exacting pastorate as well as carrying much of the burden of providing new premises. He never lost his affection for Scotland, and later served at Paisley for six happy and fruitful years. For five years he laboured in Durham and for four in Leeds, but the bulk of his ministry was given to Lancashire, where he was greatly beloved. 

He was a good man with a keen mind and a warm heart. His laugh was infectious. He was a splendid colleague, loyal and dependable. His preaching and pastoral work were of a high order. To his Master he was a good and faithful servant. After his retirement in 1943 he devoted himself for several years as Free Church Chaplain at Liverpool Royal Infirmary, and there it was he passed away on 10th May 1957, in the fiftieth year of his ministry and the seventy-sixth of his age.


Joseph was born on 13 October 1882 at Great Broughton, Cumberland, to parents Barwise, a coal miner (1881) and later an assurance superintendent, and Catherine.

Before entering the ministry, Joseph worked as an ironworks clerk (1901).

He married Hannah Mary Ferguson (1879-1973) in the summer of 1911 at Harrington, Cumberland.

Joseph died on 10 May 1957 at Liverpool, Lancashire.


  • Hartley
  • 1907 Glasgow II
  • 1911 Leeds II
  • 1915 Manchester X
  • 1919 Oldham I
  • 1924 Southport II
  • 1928 Durham
  • 1933 Paisley
  • 1939 Haslingden
  • 1943 Southport (S)


Methodist Minutes 1957/213

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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