Tweddle, Joseph (1850-1937)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1921

Early years

Joseph was born in 1850 at Stanhope, Co Durham to parents John and Sarah. John was a blacksmith.

Joseph gave himself to God when fourteen years old under the ministry of Rev Edward Rust. Four years later he began to preach. Joseph was also a Sunday School teacher, class leader and choirmaster. Joseph spent six months as a hired local preacher at Alston before attending the Sunderland Institute.

Joseph worked as a blacksmith before entering the ministry.


Joseph served as District Sunday School Secretary, Temperance Secretary (eight years) and Orphanage Secretary.

His obituary records that preaching a full, free, and present salvation was a constant delight, and great was his disappointment if at the close of a Sunday service there were no verdicts recorded for his Lord. Pastoral work was never neglected, and he praised God for every opportunity of helping the sad and sorrowing.


Joseph married Lucy Mary Kirby (1854-1921) in the summer of 1878 at Leeds, Yorkshire. Census returns identify four children.

  • Sarah Edna A (1881-1969) – a schoolteacher; married William T Hayes in 1938
  • John Francis (1884-1922) – clerk (1911)
  • Gertrude (1886-1974) – married Samuel Mooney in 1912
  • Joseph Wilfred (1890-1954) – assistant town surveyor (1911)

Joseph died on 6 November 1937 at Hexham, Northumberland.


  • Sunderland
  • 1874 Leeds III
  • 1875 Leeds V
  • 1877 Hoyland
  • 1878 Horbury
  • 1881 Spenymoor
  • 1883 Seaton Delaval
  • 1888 Haltwhistle
  • 1892 Newcastle II
  • 1894 Blaydon
  • 1897 Seaham Harbour
  • 1899 Hexham
  • 1903 Houghton le Spring
  • 1908 Sunderland IV
  • 1911 Nuneaton
  • 1912 Alston
  • 1916 Brampton
  • 1921 Hexham (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/927; 1921/735 (Lucy)

PM Minutes 1938/185

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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