Hodgson, Joel (1828-1919)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1877

Joel was born on 24 February 1828 at Hogsthorpe, Lincolnshire to Wesleyan parents, David and Esther. He was baptised on 25 Mar 1828 at Hogsthorpe.

Boy Preacher

Joel was converted amongst the Primitive Methodists and started to speak publically at the age of 12 with the sanction of the Circuit Quarterly Meeting. During the next seven years, Joel visited different parts of the connexion preaching at special services. This took a toll on his health, particularly in later life.

The Sunday School Magazine, 1841, records that Joel preached two sermons at Oldham on 23 October when aged under 14. The admission was by shilling tickets.


Joel had to take time out between 1859 and 1862 due to health issues. He was appointed to superintendency on two occasions. Each time he had to resign because he found the role too great a strain on his health.

The PM magazine of 1877 records; β€˜His sermons, which are evangelical in doctrine, and chaste in diction, are comprehensive expositions of Scriptural Truth; and while not unacceptable to ordinary hearers, they especially commend themselves to the judgement of the more intelligent of his congregations.’

His obituary records that his preaching always showed careful preparation, wide reading and deep insight into truth. He was well loved by the people. His visiting was full and accurate, none were missed.

His was not a ministry of chapel building!


Joel authored the following.

Biography of William Holt


Joel married Ann Nipe (1832-1917) in the summer of 1853 at Driffield, Yorkshire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Emily Annie (1856-1933) – a music teacher before marriage; married Joseph Crossley, a railway clerk
  • William Henry (b1859) – a schoolmaster (secondary)
  • John Sterriker (1862-1944) – a draper/milliner

Joel died on 25 January 1919 at Mexborough, Yorkshire.


  • 1847 London
  • 1849 Selby
  • 1851 Driffield
  • 1853 Retford
  • 1855 Epworth
  • 1859 Whitby
  • 1860 Driffield
  • 1861 Hull ll
  • 1862 Scotter
  • 1863 Bridlington
  • 1866 Louth
  • 1867 Hull l
  • 1870 Scarborough
  • 1873 North Cave
  • 1874 Grimsby ll
  • 1879 Mexborough
  • 1881 Leeds lll
  • 1883 St Albans
  • 1884 Sheffield ll
  • 1885 Dartford
  • 1886 Marden
  • 1887 Mexborough (Sup)
  • 1888 Grimsby ll
  • 1896 Mexborough


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1877/449; 1913/689

PM Minutes 1919/263

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1,p449; vol 2, p259

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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