Wellings, Joseph (1868-1949)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920

Early years

Joseph was born in 1868 at Old Hill, Staffordshire, to parents George and Sarah. George was a coal miner.

Joseph spent six months working as village missionary in the Halesowen circuit before taking up his appointment as a probationary minister at Crowle in 1890.


Joseph’s probation was spread over five years instead of the usual four owing to a serious illness in year four.

His obituary records that denied the advantages of a college training, Joseph’s ministry was characterised by heroic leadership and self-sacrificing toil. He was a sincere evangelist, a thoughtful preacher, a conscientious and faithful minister.

Being a skilled draughtsman, he gave inestimable service to the Church in altering, designing, and erecting church buildings.

He was a gracious soul, and his ministry expressed the quality of his personal devotion. His quiet confident spirit was a stimulus to those to whom he ministered. He had a deep personal faith and spoke with assurance the Gospel message he himself found so precious.


Joseph married Catherine Coton (1869-1896) in the summer of 1895 at Redditch, Worcestershire.

Joseph married Eva Rachel Yates (1868-1945) in the summer of 1899 at Fulham, London.

Joseph died on 25 January 1949 at Bournemouth, Dorset.


  • 1890 Crowle
  • 1892 Market Rasen
  • 1894 St Day
  • 1895 Romsey
  • 1899 Winchester
  • 1902 Hammersmith
  • 1905 Bournemouth
  • 1911 N Wandsworth
  • 1914 Harwich
  • 1919 Motcombe
  • 1923 Petersfield
  • 1926 Tunbridge Wells
  • 1930 Bournemouth (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920/782

Methodist Minutes 1949/135

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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