Castle, Joseph, Dd
Castle, Joseph, D.D.
a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born in Devonshire, England, Jan. 6, 1801. He came to America at the age of ten, was converted, and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church at nineteen. Being soon after licensed to preach, he joined the Genesee Conference on trial, in which he served five charges. At its division, in 1829, he became a member of the Oneida Conference, and in this filled five pastorates and one term as presiding elder. In 1839 he was transferred to the Troy Conference, and after filling one appointment two years, was transferred to the Philadelphia Conference, where he spent the remainder of his life. After fifty-two years of effective service, he received a superannuated relation in 1875. He was a delegate to seven General Conferences. He died Feb. 1, 1881. Of imposing presence, fine powers of elocution, possessing great command of language and a mind of extensive resources, he was a preacher of unusual power, a theologian and scholar of great attainments. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1881, p. 74.