Hawkins, Joseph (1848-1934)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908

Early years

Joseph was born in 1848 at Cummersdale, Cumberland to parents James and Elizabeth. James was a calico printer.


Joseph was elected onto the School Board whilst he was at Workington and also at Skelmanthorpe.

Whilst at Cockermouth, Joseph wrote a pamphlet on the history of Primitive Methodism in the Carlisle and Whitehaven Districts.

His obituary records that he was a courtly gentleman who possessed great charm and gentleness. Though a keen controversialist and debater, he never became bitter, while a saving sense of humour gave richness to his life. He was a thoughtful and earnest preacher, a thorough businessman and a beloved pastor. He was a powerful advocate of temperance in the days when teetotalism was considered fanaticism.


Joseph married Jane Thompson Wills (1846-1925) in 1876 at Sunderland, Co Durham.

  • Frederick James (b1877) – an engineer
  • Arthur Macmillan (1879-1966) – a civil servant
  • Percy Butterwick (1880-1953) – a civil servant
  • Cecil Gore (b1882) – a civil servant

Joseph died on 7 February 1934 at Alexandra Park, Middlesex.


  • Sunderland
  • 1871 Dunstable
  • 1872 Lowick
  • 1875 Motherwell
  • 1876 Stanley
  • 1878 Stokesley
  • 1880 Blyth
  • 1884 Workington
  • 1887 Easingwold
  • 1891 Selby
  • 1895 Pudsey
  • 1898 Clayton West
  • 1902 Sheffield I
  • 1905 Cockermouth
  • 1909 Barnard Castle
  • 1913 Burnley
  • 1915 London (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908/381

Methodist Minutes 1934/213

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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