Stubbs, Rev Joseph
Rev Joseph Stubbs: Stubbs was not a singer but an important intermediary for Sharp. Born in Kirkoswald, Cumberland in 1851, his father John Stubbs was a farmer (100 acres in 1851 and 27 acres in 1871). Joseph attended Trinity College Dublin and became master at Langport Grammar School 1875-82. He married Clara Green, daughter of a brick manufacturer of Northampton on 2/10/1875. He became vicar of St Mary’s Huish Episcopi in 1882 and was still there in 1911 census.
His first wife Clara died on 15 April 1901 and he remarried Anne Skittery at Clifton in June qr 1906. He had 2 sons and a daughter Ella. Ella was eldest (b1876) and she married James Kelway, Langport seed merchant on 3/9/1896. In 1901 census she was living at Wearne (High Ham district) with 3 infants and 3 servants. Joseph Stubbs was Asst Diocesan Inspector of Schools in 1887. It's likely that he was the vicar whose daughter was shocked when Sharp first met Emma Overd.