Walker, Joseph (1877-1949)

Transcription of Obituary in Minutes of Methodist Conference

Born near Wirksworth, Derbyshire, in 1875. Accepted for the Primitive Methodist Ministry, he entered Hartley College in 1897, and after three years’ training served for thirty-nine years in the active ministry, chiefly in the southern counties and In country districts which he loved.

Fruitful years were also spent in the London area. Failing health compelled his retirement in 1939. A wide reader, his sermons were the result of constant and diligent search for truth. He was no recluse. Gracious, friendly, loving, and lovable, he attracted men who were outside the church circle.

Retiring to St. Leonards, his wife was taken from him suddenly by enemy action. From this shock he never really recovered but his faith did not waver.

On 19th October 1949, in the seventy-fourth year of his life and the fiftieth of his ministry, he passed quietly and peacefully into the presence of his God.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1950


Joseph was born on 5 January 1875 at Belper, Derbyshire, to parents Joseph, a builder and contractor (1891) and Thirza. Joseph was baptised on 18 April 1877.

He married Beatrice Harriett Hiscock (1885-1942) in early 1906 in the Sturminster Registration District, Dorset. Census returns identify on child.

  • Joseph Edwin (b1906) – an industrial chemist (1949)

Joseph died on 19 October 1949 at Bristol, Gloucestershire.


  • Hartley
  • 1900 Ryde & Ventnor
  • 1902 Motcombe
  • 1904 Hitchen
  • 1905 Romsey
  • 1908 Silchester
  • 1911 Erith &c
  • 1912 Micheldever
  • 1915 Frome
  • 1918 St Day
  • 1920 Silchester
  • 1923 Ramsgate
  • 1926 Croydon
  • 1931 Bradfield
  • 1934 London Batt
  • 1935 Clapham &c
  • 1938 Skegness &c
  • 1939 St Leonards (S)


Methodist Minutes 1950/127

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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