Lindley, Joshua (1857-1950)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917

Early years

Joshua was born on 18 January 1857 at Hepworth, Yorkshire to parents Joshua and Henrietta. Joshua, senior, was a farmer.  Joshua was a fourth generation Primitive Methodist. He was baptised on 11 April 1857 by James Bootland.


His obituary records that Joshua was a distinct personality. His intellectual enquiry led to very decided views and definite and forceful convictions, which he expressed in strong, sometimes rugged, language. His life’s motto was ‘do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God’.

Joshua was in delicate health all his life and this led to his retirement in 1918 after thirty-eight years in the active ministry.


Joshua married Selina Ann Penny, nee Bolton (1860-1944) in the summer of 1889 at Birmingham. Census returns identify two children.

  • Percy Henry (1890-1971) – a civil servant (1950)
  • Elsie May (b1896)

Selina had a daughter from her first marriage, Helen Ann (1884-1924), who married Thomas Telford Dobson Geesin, a mechanical engineer.

Joshua died on 29 November 1950 at Bournemouth, Dorset.


  • Sunderland
  • 1880 Sheffield IV
  • 1882 Sheffield I
  • 1883 Brighton II
  • 1884 Clay Cross
  • 1887 Presteign
  • 1889 Clun
  • 1892 Barrowford
  • 1893 Nelson
  • 1895 Worthing
  • 1897 Leyton
  • 1907 Rugby
  • 1910 Leicester Highfields
  • 1911 Watford
  • 1913 St Ives
  • 1918 Bournemouth (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917/856

Methodist Minutes 1951/130

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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