Wilsden, Joseph Henry (1854-1912)


Joseph was born in late 1854 at Bickerstaffe, Lancashire, to parents Robert Wilsden, a tailor (1871), and Ann Greenwood.

Before entering the ministry Joseph worked as an accountant (1871).

The 1901 census return records Joseph as a tailor, clothier and auctioneer. In 1891 and 1911 he is recorded as living on private means.

He married Mary Ann Darnley Birkby (1847-1888) on 15 May 1885 at Poulton le Sands, Lancashire.

He married Fanny Huthersall Knowles (1856-1926) on 17 October 1889 at Caton, Lancashire. Census returns identify four children.

  • Fanny Birkby (1891-1938) – a sick nurse (1911); married James H Goss in 1928         
  • Mavis Margaret (1892-1985) – married John Victor Salisbury in 1918; died in New Zealand
  • Elma Mary (1894-1991) – married Edwin Gregson, a detective inspector (1939), in 1931
  • Cecil Joseph (1896-1958) – a telegraph messenger (1911)

Joseph died in the spring of 1912 at Lytham, Lancashire.


  • 1880 Lancaster
  • 1882 Blackburn II
  • 1884 disappears


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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Most records spell the surname Wilsdon.

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  • Joseph Henry Wilsdon is my Great Grandfather. His son Cecil Joseph Wilsdon is my Grandfather.

    By Jackie Hothersall (02/02/2022)

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