Wood, Joseph M.A., D.D. (1829-1898)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1878

Early years

Joseph was born in April 1829 at Ipstones, Staffordshire to parents Joseph and Martha. He was baptised on 17 May 1829 at Ipstones. His father was a farmer.

Joseph’s education commenced at Chedleton, where he displayed a passion for books and an uncommon aptitude for learning. When Joseph was about 12 years old, the family moved to Whim Farm, Moneyash, Derbyshire. Joseph continued in school until the age of 17. He was converted aged 16/17 and soon appeared on the plan as an exhorter.

Joseph was influenced in his decision to enter the ministry by Adolphus Beckerlegge. He started in ministry by supplying at Scarborough and Brigg.


Joseph was the first Secretary of the Sunday School General Committee in 1878.

Joseph was President of Conference in 1882.

He was the Principal of Manchester Theological College 1889-93. Ill health, both his own and his wife’s forced his resignation and superannuation.


Joseph wrote the following.

Sunset at Noonday – Memorials of Mrs J T Robson*, 1872

(*Emma Hodge, daughter of Henry Hodge)


Joseph married Henrietta Leonard (1832-1904) on 11 July 1855 at Sculcoates, Yorkshire.Census returns identify nine children.

  • Henrietta (1856-1927) – married John Reynard Brogden, a fancy yarn spinner
  • Caroline Annie (1858-1880)
  • Joseph Leonard (1859-1926) – a hatter and hosier
  • Walter James (1862-1939) – a marine engineer
  • John William (1863-1925) – a commercial traveller; later a PP Card publisher
  • Henry Plant (1866-1934) – a school teacher
  • Emma Laura (b1870) – married James Dickinson, a PM Minister
  • Eliza Marie (1872-1926) – married Edward Wattan Pape, a PM Minister
  • Edward Vivian (b1877) – a pharmaceutical chemist in 1911, emigrated to Australia and farmed

Joseph died on 17 June 1898 at Grimsby, Lincolnshire.


  • 1851 Hull East
  • 1853 Patrington
  • 1855 Hull l
  • 1857 Swinefleet
  • 1858 Doncaster
  • 1860 Driffield
  • 1862 Scarborough
  • 1863 Filey
  • 1864 Louth
  • 1867 Grimsby
  • 1869 Hull ll
  • 1872 Hull lll
  • 1878 Agent for SSU
  • 1881 Grimsby
  • 1887 Nottingham l
  • 1889 Principal TI
  • 1893 Sheffield V
  • 1894 Grimsby l (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1878 (portrait); 1906/70 (wife); 1915/739; 1919/550; 1924/752

PM Minutes 1899/192

PM World 1899/515

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1, p527; vol 2, p752

B A Barber, A Methodist Pageant, 1932, p220

R Newman Wycherley, The Pageantry of Methodist Union, 1932, p177

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.
Article published in the 1923 Christian Messenger.
Transcription of a tribute to Joseph Wood published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907.

Comments about this page

  • This page was modified on 11 January 2019 to add a tribute to Joseph Wood published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907.

    By Geoff Dickinson (11/01/2019)
  • This page was modified on 12 April 2016 to add an article published in the Christian Messenger 1923.

    By Geoff Dickinson (12/04/2016)
  • 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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