Wellings, Joseph (1868-1949)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1920
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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