Jackson, Joseph Ephraim (1859-1886)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference by J Mossop

JOSEPH EPHRAIM JACKSON was born at Glasgow, on June 30th, 1859, and died at Sunderland on December 29th, 1886. He had pious parents, of whom he was very fond, and of whose Christian conduct he entertained a high respect; and as his young life bore traces of good impressions he cheerfully acknowledged that for many of these he was deeply indebted to their training.

From childhood he was very studious, and of a somewhat ingenious turn of mind, cheerful, genial, and kindly-disposed. In his teens he decided fully for Christ, and his regular attendance at the means of grace, and his zealous and loyal conduct, soon secured for him the confidence of his brethren, who decided that his name should appear on the Preachers’ Plan, and subsequently, in 1880, he was recommended for the ministry. 

In furtherance of this object, he entered the Sunderland Institute in 1881, where his conduct and examinations satisfied the examiners, and at this time his health and talents promised fair for a long and successful career. He was then stationed to the Newcastle-on-Tyne First Circuit, where he spent three happy and successful years, securing to himself hosts of friends, by whom he was regarded as a thoughtful preacher, capital visitor, a good and helpful colleague, a kind and faithful friend, and cheerful and agreeable companion, leaving behind him a happy and wholesome memory. 

In 1885 he was stationed to the Maryport Circuit, where his health gave way. The circuit authorities gave him a much-needed rest, but still he continued to grow weaker, his disease baffling all medical skill; and so in early manhood he was called to the immediate presence and rest of his Master, lamented by his brethren and friends, of whom he was beloved, but trusting in his God.


Joseph was born on 30 June 1859 at Glasgow, Lanarkshire, to parents Joseph Jackson, an iron puddler (1861), and Ann Grant.

He married Isabella Webster (1860-1905) in the summer of 1886 at Sunderland, Co. Durham.

Joseph died on 29 December 1886 at Sunderland, Co. Durham.

After Joseph died Isabella lived with her parents in Sunderland and worked as a music teacher (1891).


  • Sunderland
  • 1883 Kilburn
  • 1884 Newcastle
  • 1885 Maryport


PM Minutes 1887/7

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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