Mantripp, Joseph Closs (1867-1943)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1931
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921

Early years

Joseph was born in 1867 at Lowestoft, Suffolk, to parents Samuel George and Sarah. Joseph was baptised on 7 July 1867 at Lowestoft. Samuel was a shoemaker.

Joseph worked as a grocer’s assistant before entering the ministry.


Joseph served as Mission Secretary in the Norwich District.

Joseph was Secretary of Conference in 1913 and became Connexional Editor in 1926.

Joseph attended the sixth Ecumenical Methodist Conference in Atlanta in 1931. He was also a member of the Methodist Union Committee. Post union, he served on the New Service Book Committee and was Convenor of the sub-committee which prepared the Communion Service. As a member of the Methodist Hymn-book Committee, he was given special work to do, and high tribute was paid to his ‘painstaking and even brilliant editorial work.’

His obituary records that Joseph was a passionate seeker after Truth, and he claimed all Truth for the Kingdom of God. He loved rural Methodism and always gave his full powers to it.


Joseph authored the following.

Faith of a Christian – Hartley Lecture, 1931

The Great Good News

Devotional use of the MHB


Joseph married Mary Ann Carey (1869-1961) circa 1896. Mary was born in Guernsey. Census returns identify four of five children.

  • Gilbert Closs (1898-1970) – a chemist’s assistant (1926)
  • Gerald Ernest (1900-1948)
  • Harry Carey (1902-1987) – a pharmaceutical chemist (1961)
  • Albert James (1905-1991)

Joseph died on 5 February 1943 at Wymondham, Norfolk.


  • 1892 E Dereham
  • 1895 Crowle
  • 1896 Briston
  • 1902 Wisbech
  • 1904 Lowestoft
  • 1910 Wangford
  • 1914 Wymondham
  • 1918 Coalville
  • 1921 Chelmsford
  • 1926 Editor
  • 1931 E Dereham
  • 1932 Wymondham
  • 1933 St Ives, Hunts
  • 1936 Wymondham (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918/392; 1921/225; 1926/562; 1931/514

Methodist Minutes 1943/130

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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