Bickerton Joseph a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was born at Macclesfield, England, Feb. 28, 1814. He became a local preacher in the Primitive Methodist Church, and after his arrival in America, in 1866, filled several appointments so successfully that he resolved to devote his whole life to the ministry. Uniting with the Philadelphia Annual Conference in 1870, he served successfully six charges within its bounds. He died with unshaken confidence in God at Tobyhanna, Pa., Jan. 19, 1881. He was a faithful pastor. See Minutes of Annual Conf., 1881, p. 73.