Timmins, Joseph (1829-1890)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1879

Joseph was born on 26 September 1829 at Holly Hall, Dudley, Staffordshire. His mother was an Anglican.

Joseph was mainly self-taught. As a youth, when he started work, he ‘went astray’. He was converted at Brierley Hill through the preaching of John Graham. He became a Sunday School teacher and later a local preacher.


Joseph’s obituary records that he saw an increase on all his stations.

He was an earnest and early worker in the great cause of temperance.

Rev J Huff writes; ‘As a preacher and lecturer he was unique. He was a natural; he was himself. He was popular in style, and sound in doctrine, and successful in the conversion of sinners, and in building up the church in it’s most holy faith.’


Joseph married Martha Hughes (1830-1870) in 1857 at Bromyard, Herefordshire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Dorothy Sarah Sophia (1858-1922) – married Thomas Lawes, a wholesale cabinet maker
  • Joseph William (b1860)
  • Samuel Richard (1862-1929) – a commercial traveller, drapery

Joseph married Margery Buckley (1844-1905) in the summer of 1872 at Stockport, Cheshire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Jane Margery L (1874-1904) – married John Allman Downend, a colliery engineer

Joseph died on 27 February 1890 at Burnley, Lancashire.


  • 1851 Stafford
  • 1852 Burland
  • 1854 Presteign
  • 1855 Dawley
  • 1856 Bromyard
  • 1858 Market Drayton
  • 1860 Leominster
  • 1863 Leek
  • 1865 Sandbach
  • 1867 Ludlow
  • 1870 Oswestry
  • 1873 Nantwich
  • 1878 Congleton
  • 1880 Scarborough
  • 1883 Lincoln l
  • 1887 Burnley l


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1871/238 (Martha); 1879 (portrait); 1891/113

PM Minutes 1890/12

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Transcription of an article in the Christian Messenger 1913

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  • This page was modified on 1 December 2015 to add an article published in the Christian Messenger 1913.

    By Geoff Dickinson (01/12/2015)

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