A transcription of the obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W Wardle is attached. Wardle sums Joseph up as follows.
“ Brother Nock was a saintly man. From his reading and reflecting on the memorials of Miss Havergal commenced a new era in his spiritual life, it led to a valuable correspondence with the Havergal family; it led also to a more experimental and practical ministry. He was transparently honest; rarely men questioned his prudence, but never his integrity of purpose. He was a Primitive Methodist minister to all intents and purposes, believing with all his heart both in its doctrine and discipline. The Connexion had done so much for him through its agency; he had been raised (using his own words) from the lowest social conditions to the highest positions a mortal man can occupy.”
Joseph was born abt 1844 at Tipton, West Bromwich, Staffordshire. I have not been able to unambiguously identify his parents in online records.
He married Mary Godwin (1844-1923) in the summer of 1871 at Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Census returns identify five children.
- Frederick Joseph (b1872) -a drug chemist (1901)
- William Henry (1873-1961) – a grocer’s assistant (1891); a grocer manager (1911)
- Florence Mary (b1878) – a tailors (1901); married Watson Rayner, an organ builder (1911), in 1903
- Nellie Louise (b1879)
- Annie (b1880) – a saleswoman in boot trade (1901); possibly married in 1903
Joseph died on 5 July 1891 at Leigh, Lancashire.
- 1868 Darlaston
- 1869 Hay
- 1870 Shrewsbury
- 1871 Redditch
- 1872 Prees Green
- 1875 Oswestry
- 1876 Rhosymedre
- 1878 Nantwich
- 1881 Keighley II
- 1883 Winsford
- 1886 Bradley Green
- 1890 Leigh
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1893/690
PM Minutes 1892/12
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers