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Bray, William Trewartha [Billy] (1794–1868), Methodist Bible Christian preacher, was born at Twelveheads, in the parish of Kea, near Truro, on 1 June 1794, the only son and eldest of three children (one of the daughters was of unsound mind) of William Bray...

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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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O'Bryan [formerly Bryant], William (1778–1868), founder of the Bible Christians (Bryanites), was born on 6 February 1778 at Gunwen Farm, Luxulyan, Cornwall, the second son (and third of four children) of William Bryant (1733–1796) and his wife, Thomasine, née Lawry, prosperous church Methodist farmers and tinners. The family claimed—probably mistakenly—descent from one of ...

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Thorne, James (1795–1872), a founder of the Bible Christians, was born on 21 September 1795 at North Furze Farm, Shebbear, Devon, the third child of John Thorne (1762–1842), farmer, and his wife, Mary (1760–1843), daughter of Samuel and Mary Ley of Rightadown Farm...

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Thorne [née O'Bryan], Mary (1807–1883), Methodist Bible Christian preacher, was born on 3 April 1807 at Gunwen, Luxulyan, Cornwall, daughter of William O'Bryan (1778–1868), founder in 1815 of the Bible Christian Connexion, and his wife, Catherine (née Cowlin). Mary and her two brothers and five sisters were brought up in a Wesleyan Methodist household until 1815, when they became Bible Christians. She received a good private education, first at home, then as a day scholar before being sent to a boarding-school in ...