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Asbury, Francis (1745–1816), a founder of the American Methodist Episcopal church, was born on 20 August 1745 at Hamstead Bridge, in the parish of Handsworth, Staffordshire. He was the only son of Joseph Asbury and Eliza Rogers, both farmers and devout followers of Methodism. He was educated at a local school until the age of twelve; he began to preach, as a local preacher, at the age of eighteen, and having been admitted as an itinerant preacher at the age of twenty-one, travelled throughout ...

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Francis Asbury (1745–1816) by John Paradise, 1813 © 2013. National Portrait Gallery Smithsonian / Art Resource / Scala, Florence

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Cooke, Joseph (1775–1811), religious reformer and founder of the Methodist Unitarian Movement, was born near Dudley, Worcestershire, on 8 May 1775. His parents were poor, and his education was 'not what is generally esteemed a learned one' (Ashworth, 11). In 1799 he married ...

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Crawfoot [Crowfoot, Crawford], James (1758?–1839), leader of the Magic Methodists, was born at Clotton, Cheshire, the second of two sons of Thomas Crowfoot and his wife, Ann, and was baptized in June or July 1759. He lived in Tarvin parish, Cheshire, except from about 1800 to about 1814, when he moved to ...

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Freeman [née Mason], Ann (1797–1826), Methodist Bible Christian preacher, was born on 24 June 1797 in Northlew, Devon, the fourth of thirteen children of William and Grace Mason, a Devonshire farming family. At fifteen she was apprenticed as a dressmaker, before the family moved to a farm at ...

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Hocking, Silas Kitto (1850–1935), novelist and United Methodist minister, was born at St Stephen in Brannel, Cornwall, on 24 March 1850. He was the third son of James Hocking, part owner of a tin mine, and his wife, Elizabeth Kitto, who was related to ...

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Alexander Kilham (1762–1798) by W. Collard, pubd 1838 (after unknown artist, 1797) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kilham, Alexander (1762–1798), a founder of the Methodist New Connexion, was born at Epworth, Lincolnshire, on 10 July 1762, the third son of Simon Kilham (d. 1801/2) and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1785). His father was a linen weaver who later extended his business to include the making of sacking. His parents were zealous Methodists, but the young ...