Croft, Joseph an English Congregational minister, was born at Great Eccleston, near 'Preston, Lancashire, January 5, 1802. He studied at Rotherham College, became pastor at Ripon in 1827, and labored there with eminent success for more than forty years. After 1868 he lived in retirement until his death, June 20, 1879. See (Lond.) Cong. Year-book, 1880, page 317.