Langham, Joseph (1827-1883)

Rev. Joseph Langham

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference by F Sinden

JOSEPH LANGHAM was born at Wigston, Leicester 2nd Station, March, 1827. His father died when he was but two years old, hence his training, &c., devolved upon his mother, a godly woman and a member of our church at Wigston. At the age of seventeen he gave his heart to God and united with our people. After having laboured as a local preacher for some time in the Leicester Circuit, he was called into the ministry by the Tunstall Circuit in the year 1849. Here he spent two happy and successful years, after which he travelled at Wrockwardine Wood, Birmingham, Minsterly, and Dawley. 

Whilst labouring at Dawley he was requested by the General Missionary Committee to go to Launceston, Tasmania, and after much consideration and prayer he consented. He left England February 19th, 1859, and arrived at Launceston, June 16th of the same year. He immediately set to work, did a great amount of missioning, and succeeded in establishing Primitive Methodism on a firm basis in the Island. He subsequently travelled on the following stations, namely, Melbourne, Bendigo, Geelong, Melbourne Second, Penguin, and Longford. During the time he was at Longford his health gave way, and he had to seek for superannuation, which the Conference of 1875 granted. 

He laboured hard and successfully for the cause of God in these lands, and many will be the crown of his rejoicing. We visited him frequently during his last illness, and found that that Saviour he had preached to others was his Saviour, and that he was going to Him. His warfare is over; his labours are finished; the warrior and labourer rests from all, for he peacefully passed away to Jesus on Thursday, August 9th, 1883, aged 56 years.


Joseph was born in March 1827 at Wigston, Leicestershire, to parents Joseph and Hannah. he was baptised on 15 April 1827 at Wigston Magna.

He married Eliza Owen (1831-1891) in the summer of 1854 at Wellington, Shropshire. Birth records identify six children.

  • Mary Ellen (b1855)
  • Owen Robert (1857-1893) – a farmer (1892)
  • Anna Milbraham (1859-1864)
  • Reuben Owen (1864-1890)
  • Eliza Alice (1866-1945) – married Ernest Brumby in 1890
  • Hannah Milbraham (1872-1946) – a nurse

Joseph died on 9 August 1883 at Longford, Tasmania.


  • 1850 Tunstall
  • 1851 Wrockwardinewood
  • 1853 Birmingham
  • 1855 Minsterley
  • 1857 Dawley
  • 1859 Launceston – Australia
  • 1861 Melbourne
  • 1864 Bendigo
  • 1866 Geelong
  • 1867 Melbourne II
  • 1870 visits UK
  • 1871 Penguin
  • 1873 Longford
  • 1875 Penguin (S)
  • 1876 Penguin
  • 1883 Longford


PM Minutes 1884/10

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 2, p438

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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