Taylor, Joseph Richard (1837-1894)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1893

Early years

Joseph was born on 15 October 1837 at Rounds Green, Worcestershire.

Joseph’s childhood home was the place of refreshment for preachers. His father was a trustee of the Round’s Green PM Chapel.

Joseph was converted aged about 18 and became a Sunday School Teacher. He was put on the plan by Rev Philip Pugh, who, in subsequent years, became his ministerial examiner and guide.


Joseph’s style as a preacher was popular, anecdotal, and often eloquent. He never knew the sorrow of reporting a decrease.

On his way home from the Conference held in Chester, as the express train entered the tunnel at Oakengates, Shropshire, Joseph went to lift the window with one hand, the other being full of biscuits and a copy of ‘Great Thoughts’. The door of the carriage being unlocked, he fell through, and suddenly entered upon the life eternal.


Joseph married Mary Ann (b abt1848). Census returns identify eight children.

  • Joseph Richard P (b1867)
  • Robert (b abt1870)
  • Marianne Maria (b1871) – a chocolate packer (1911)
  • Harry Thomas (b1875) – a manufacturers clerk (1911)
  • Hugh Bourne (1876-1923) – a commercial traveller (1911)
  • William Clowes (b1880) – an insurance agent (1911)
  • Sarah Helen (1882-1916)
  • Rowland Hill (1885-1957) – a shopkeeper (1911)

Joseph died in 1894 at Oakengates, Shropshire.


  • 1861 Hadnall
  • 1863 Primrose Hill
  • 1865 Knighton
  • 1866 Worcester
  • 1869 Market Drayton
  • 1871 Whitchurch
  • 1874 Congleton
  • 1878 Wellington
  • 1880 Oakengates
  • 1881 Staveley
  • 1884 Liverpool II
  • 1887 Morley
  • 1890 Leeds V
  • 1892 Old Hill


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1893/65

PM Minutes 1895/15

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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