Joseph Smith Life's Events
1823 April 5th, born
Easingwold (father born at the same address in 1793).
1831, family moved to Bridge Farm Normanby
(aged 8 rode pony from Wildon Grange to
1834, signed Temperance Pledge at Normanby
1839, elected President of Sunday School
at Normanby (aged 16).
1846, father placed Joseph head of Hall
Farm at Riseborough (aged 23) a position he held for 30 years.
1846 April 26th, Joseph gave
his first Wesleyan sermon at Wrelton.
1848, March 11th, admitted
(after rigorous examinations) local Preacher on Pickering circuit.
1848, led Missionary Meeting in Mr Joseph
Foord barn at Fadmoor.
1848 June, father hand over Bridge farm to
son John and retired to Oulston,
1848 November, father thrown from a gig
after horse fell on a visit to Normanby.
1849 January, father died at
(never recovered from the fall)
1849, a devastating outbreak of Cholera
hit Normanby and surrounding areas.
1849, Mutual Improvement Society formed at
1851, Married Milbah Johnson of
Strubby Hall, Louth, Lincolnshire.
1851, Joseph’s preached the first “Free
Gift” Anniversary at Normanby.
1855 February 21st, formed committee for a
fortnightly farmers produce fair at Pickering.
with others the Ryedale Agricultural Show. (Alternating between
Kirbymoorside, Pickering & Helmsley)
1858, became a
committee member of Fat Stock Society, York.
1858 August 31st, helped in the
design of Normandy's new reaping machine.
1861 March 4th,
handed over Bridge farm to Joseph on his departure to South Africa.
1862, Normanby Chapel underwent
considerable restoration work by David Barr.
1862, all services held in granary of
1864 February 8th, tremendous
gale blew two wheat stacks over and toppled most of the trees at
1866, caused a sensation by devising a
scheme to pay off all the debt £3,000 for the circuits new Chapels that
had been built, holding a 3 day Bazaar at Pickering and Kirbymoorside
the produce being supplied freely by the farmer and villagers.
1867, elected Vice Chairman of Ryedale
1867 May 18th, helped form
Malton Chambers of Commerce.
1869, he presented Malton Council in
London on the governments education reform.
1869, gave up the tenancy of Bridge farm
to the Wood family. (Mrs Ann Surr owner died 1868)
1869 October 22nd, son Edward
Johnson died buried at Normanby.
1870 February 14th,
1873 May 22nd, left
Riseborough for Huggate the farm being left in the capable hands of
Mr & Mrs Thomas Dodds, their faithful
servants since arriving at Normanby.
1879 July 7th, laid foundation
stone for new Chapel at Normanby.
1888 March 2nd, wife died aged
1892 Spring, sale of stock and implements
1892 Spring, moved after farm sale to
1896 March 1st, preached at
John Harrison’s funeral service at Normanby.
1897 June 6th, last Normanby
Sunday School Anniversary present every year for nearly 60 years.
1898 May 25th, Colonel William
Scoby (Magistrate Yeoman) an old friend of Hob Ground visited.
1898 August 26th, died at South
Home and buried at Slingsby on Tuesday 6th
to Joseph Smith