A transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by Edward Jeffrey is attached. He sums up Joseph as follows.
“His disposition was amiable, his experience sound, his humility unquestionable, his faith strong, his walk with God generally even, and his love for secret prayer and religious conversation manifest. His sermons were doctrinal and practical. They set forth the truths of religion scripturally and argumentatively; and while they convinced the judgment of his hearers, they also warmed their hearts and improved their lives. He was the converter of many sinners, and emphatically a builder up of believers. He was a firm adherent to the doctrines and discipline of the Connexion; and hence enforced the observance of them on all over whom he had connexional influence. His life was useful, and his death triumphant.”
Joseph was born on 8 October 1790 at High-Road Well, Halifax, Yorkshire. His father was David Smith. He was baptised on 16 November 1790 at Warley Independent chapel, Yorkshire.
Jospeh was brought up within the Wesleyan tradition. He joined the Primitive Methodists after they missioned Halifax in the early 1820’s.
His obituary records that he was married and had two children who predeceased him. His wife was from Kent, but I have not been able to identify her name.
Joseph died on 11 December 1843 at Knottingley, Leeds, Yorkshire..
- 1824 Oldham
- 1826 Middleham
- 1827 Hull
- 1831 York
- 1832 Pocklington
- 1834 Hull
- 1839 Bradford
- 1840 Wakefield
- 1842 Leeds
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1844/287
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
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