Hucknall, Joseph (1837-1915)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1895

Early years

Joseph was born in 1837 at Woodborough, Nottinghamshire to parents Joseph and Ann. Joseph senior was a framework knitter of cotton, a trade that Joseph also followed.

Joseph senior and Ann were members of a Baptist congregation. When Primitive Methodists from the Nottingham II circuit missioned Woodborough they switched to the PM cause.

Joseph was converted when about 15 years old under the ministry of Rev Jabez Langford, who later moved to Australia as a PM missionary. Joseph became a local preacher when he was 23.


Joseph had the misfortune to lose his first two superintendents. At Ilkeston, Rev William Carthy fell victim to a malignant fever. At Chesterfield, Rev James Crompton died.

As a preacher, he was calm and methodical, with just as much animation as is proper for a man who is more concerned to inform the mind and awaken the conscience, than to charm the imagination.

His character was sublimely great in its transparent simplicity and honesty, clean from the love of money, or social position, as such; but nevertheless distinguished by the dignity of true gentlemanliness.

See also Joseph Hucknall Superannuates, Obituaries for Joseph and Ann, and The Committee Wagon.


Joseph married Ann Lowe (1839-1919) in late 1869 at Chesterfield. Census returns identify five children, although the 1911 census records Ann had a total of seven children.

  • Sarah Annie (1869-1956)
  • Joseph Isaac (1872-1949) – a commercial traveller
  • John George (1874-1949) – a manufacturer of Woven Wire Mattresses (1901)
  • Arthur William (1876-1952) – a farmer
  • Florence Amelia (1878-1940)

Joseph died on 28 March 1915 at Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.


  • 1861 Ilkeston
  • 1862 Chesterfield
  • 1863 Winster
  • 1864 Lincoln
  • 1866 Belper
  • 1868 Ashby de la Zouch
  • 1870 Littleborough
  • 1872 Sheffield I
  • 1875 Derby I
  • 1877 Lincoln II
  • 1883 Belper
  • 1885 Alfreton
  • 1888 Preston I
  • 1890 Wolverhampton
  • 1892 Bingley
  • 1895 Eakring
  • 1898 Nottingham II
  • 1900 Epworth
  • 1902 Scotter
  • 1905 Scotter (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1895/83: 1915/574; 1920/141 (wife)

PM Minutes 1915/25

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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