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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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Gough, John Bartholomew (1817–1886), temperance lecturer, was born at Sandgate, Kent, on 22 August 1817. His father was a foot soldier of the 40th and 52nd regiments, pensioned in 1823 because of a neck injury. Gough was educated first by his mother, who was the village schoolmistress for twenty years, and later (...

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Henson, Josiah (1789–1883), escaped slave, slavery abolitionist, and Methodist minister, was born on 15 June 1789 in Charles county, Maryland, USA, one of six children of slave parents. He experienced the harsh realities of slavery early in life. He saw his father receive 100 lashes and then have his ear cut off as punishment for defending his mother from the plantation overseer. His father was then sold south and was never heard from again. ...

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Lunn, Sir Henry Simpson (1859–1939), worker for ecclesiastical reunion and travel agent, was born on 30 July 1859 at Bridge Street, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, the eldest son of Henry Lunn, greengrocer and lay preacher, and Susanna, daughter of Simpson Green, of Horncastle. His parents were both Wesleyan Methodists. He was educated at ...

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Sir Henry Simpson Lunn (1859–1939) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1894 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Palmer [née Worrall], Phoebe (1807–1874), Methodist Episcopal evangelist and exponent of holiness, was born on 18 December 1807 in New York, USA, the fourth of nine surviving children of Henry Worrall (1771–1847), engine manufacturer, and his wife, Dorothea, née Wade (d...

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Willard, Frances Elizabeth (1839–1898), social activist and suffragist, was born on 28 September 1839 in Churchville, New York, the fourth of five children (only three of whom survived infancy) of Mary Thompson Hill (1805–1892), a teacher, and Josiah Flint Willard (1805–1868), a gentleman farmer and businessman. ...