Wellings, Joseph (1868-1949)
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