A transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W. Antliff is attached. He records the following about Joseph’s ministry.
‘He preached a full, a free, and a present salvation, with the simplicity, energy, and ability, these doctrines demand. Souls were brought to God through his instrumentality; and, no doubt, he will meet with many in heaven, whom he has been instrumental in bringing there. He was Superintendant in this circuit; in which capacity he acted with such ability, promptitude, and regularity, as gained him the esteem of preachers, leaders, stewards, members, and all;. while it reflected honour upon his moral and Christian character, and made him a great blessing to the cause.
To do the will of him who sent him, was his aim ; and to see the work of God revive was his delight. His prayer in public, in domestic or social, and in private worship was that of the prophet Hab. “O Lord revive thy work.” And when his humble, earnest, faithful prayer was answered, his heart rejoiced, and he gave glory to God. But to see Ichabod inscribed on the walls of God’s house or church, was to him indeed painful and distressing.’
Joseph was born in December 1804 at Rolleston, nr. Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, to parents George, a grocer and Parish Clerk, and Myrtilda. He was baptised on 2 December 1804 at Rolleston.
Joseph died on 23 December 1832 at Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire.
- 1827 Nottingham (6 mths)
- 1827 Sheffield (18 mths)
- 1829 Leicester
- 1831 Ashby de la Zouch
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1834/177
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
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