- Joseph Simpson (1825-95) was born in Newark, Lincolnshire, the son of devout Methodist parents. He was converted at an early age and after working for a time as a tutor in York, was accepted for the Wesleyan ministry in 1847. His active Circuit ministry lasted until superannuation in 1889. He spent his remaining years in Boscombe, Wiltshire. Source: Minutes of Conference 1895.
From 3 Hamilton Road, Highbury Park, London, to Joseph Simpson [stationed in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire]. It would have been a pleasure to have been able to accept Simpson's invitation but he has no Sunday spare. All his free time must now be devoted to helping find the means to help 'our poor help-starved super' & widows'. If Simpson could help J R in that matter, J R would try to help him. J R's aim is to raise £100,000. He has so far managed to find £11,000.