Hutchings, Joseph (1799-1867)


A transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.F. Clarkson is attached. Clarkson writes of his preaching as follows: “As a preacher he was not popular, eloquent, or learned, but he was very laborious. He spoke from the heart to the heart. Plain in manner, pointed in language, sympathetic in appeal, he sought to arouse the sympathies of others, and awaken the consciences of sinners to a sense of their great danger. He strove to be well acquainted with the plan of salvation, and possessed great skill in pointing a seeking soul to the loving Saviour.”


Joseph was born in 1799 at Poole, Dorset. I have not been able to identify his parents unambiguously in online records. His father was a mariner and Joseph also sailed until he was about seventeen years old. He then settled in Portsmouth, working in the Naval Dockyard.

He married Rebecca (abt1806-1869). I have not been able to identify a marriage record online. Census returns identify one child.

  • Joseph Augustus (abt1840-1911) – a draper           

Joseph died on 1 March 1867 at Dudley, Staffordshire.


  • 1838 Hull (3 mths)
  • 1838 Louth (9 mths)
  • 1839 not shown
  • 1840 Knowlwood
  • 1841 Halifax
  • 1842 Lancaster
  • 1843-4 not shown
  • 1845 Tadcaster
  • 1847 Swinefleet
  • 1849 Rose Cottage
  • 1850 Presteigne
  • 1852 Leek
  • 1854 Kidderminster
  • 1856 Dudley
  • 1858 Oswestry
  • 1860 Newcastle under Lyme
  • 1862 Wrockwardinewood
  • 1863 Ramsor
  • 1865 Portsmouth (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1867/356

PM Minutes 1867/13

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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