We are grateful to the late Canon Christopher Peter Horton for information & photo on this page
Joseph Thomas Horton was the first child of Henry Horton & Mary Morris born July 27th, 1881 at Burslem, Staffs.
In 1891 Joseph & his parents were living at 50 Nile St, Burslem. He had 3 younger sisters by this time.
From 1894 until 1899 Joseph attended Ellesmere College Grammar School, Shropshire. He qualified as a teacher & from 1900-1903 he worked as a supply teacher at Sneyd Schools, Burslem.
Joseph went up to Bishop Hatfield Hall, Durham University in 1903 & in 1905 obtained his Theology degree. While at Durham he was President of the Student’s Union.
From 1905 until 1907 he attended Ely Theological College. In 1907 he became Deacon & assistant Curate at St Mary Magdalene, Bradford, Yorks.
Joseph was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Ripon in 1908. From 1914-1920 he was assistant Curate at Holy Trinity, Bradford & was in charge of St Alban’s Mission. He was Vicar of Holy Trinity from 1920-1928. During this period (April-June 1925) Joseph married Hilda Ward in Bradford. Hilda was born June 19th, 1899 at Pudsey, Yorks.
Joseph Thomas c1925/26
Joseph then moved to become Vicar of St Mary the Virgin, Middleton, Leeds from 1928-1956.
Joseph & Hilda had 2 sons, both of whom followed in their father’s footsteps after their education at Leeds Grammar School & University. They both trained in theology at the College of Resurrection, Mirfield. Both were ordained on September 21st, 1952 at Newcastle Cathedral by the Right Rev. Noel Baring Hudson.
Joseph died on March 3rd, 1966, aged 84, & he was buried at Middleton Churchyard, Leeds.
Hilda died, aged 97, in January 1997 in North Tyneside.
The children of Joseph Thomas Horton & Hilda Ward were:
h.22.214.171.124.1 Christopher Peter Horton born April 19th, 1926 at Bradford, W. Yorks; died February 9th, 2014 at Whitley Bay, Northumberland
h.126.96.36.199.2 John Ward Horton born April-June 1927 at Bradford, W. Yorks