Taylor, Joseph Alfred (1860-1935)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916

Early years

Joseph was born on 28 May 1860 at Harts Hill, Staffordshire.

Joseph was converted when aged twelve and was called to preach at eighteen by Rev William Wright. At the age of twenty, Joseph became a hired local preacher on the Bloxwich and Cannock station. When aged twenty-two he was recommended for college, but there was no place for him. He was appointed to assist Dr S Antliff at Kedleston Street, Derby. At that time, Queensland was called for men and, in response to the appeal of the Missionary Committee, Joseph at the age of twenty-three found himself at Brisbane, Australia.


Joseph spent fourteen years in Australia. Whilst there, Joseph served as Secretary of the District, Missionary and Candidates’ Committees. He also served as Secretary, and later President, of the Queensland Conference.

Whilst at Hanley, Joseph was a member of the Hanley School Board. He served several district committees as secretary.

On retirement to Southsea, Joseph became Chaplain to the City Mental Hospital.

His obituary records that in his pastoral duties Joseph was sympathetic and diligent. His preaching was characterised by sound exposition and appeal, which left abiding impressions especially upon the young.


Joseph married Phyllis Hannah Northwood (abt1856-1943) on 5 March 1887 in Queensland, Australia. Rev Robert Hartley travelled over one thousand miles to officiate. Census returns identify three children.

Joseph died on 16 April 1935 at Southsea, Hampshire.


  • 1884 Brisbane I, Australia
  • 1886 Cooktown
  • 1890 Ipswich
  • 1892 Brisbane I
  • 1897 Braintree, Essex
  • 1899 Hanley
  • 1904 Worcester
  • 1907 Beverley
  • 1910 Hanley
  • 1913 Derby
  • 1916 Portsmouth
  • 1924 Portsmouth (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/610

Methodist Minutes 1935/211

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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