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Aggrey, James Emman Kwegyir (1875–1927), pastor and educationist, was born at Anomabu, Gold Coast, on 18 October 1875, the son of Kodwo Kwegyir Aggrey, a gold assayer and official at the court of the Fanti chiefdom of Anomabu, and his wife, Abena Andua...

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Charles, David (1812–1878), Calvinistic Methodist minister and educationist, was born on 23 July 1812 in Bala, the fourth in the family of three daughters and two sons of Thomas Rice Charles (d. 1819), a linen draper, and his wife, Maria, née Jones...

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Clarke, Adam (1762–1832), Wesleyan Methodist minister and scholar, was born in Moybeg, Kilcronaghan parish, co. Londonderry. His father, an Anglican, was a village schoolmaster and farmer; his mother was a Presbyterian. His childhood consisted of a series of life-threatening mishaps. He was educated locally, fell under the influence of the Methodists in 1778, and met ...

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Adam Clarke (1762–1832) by William Ward (after John Jackson, c. 1823) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Davies, David Charles (1826–1891), Calvinistic Methodist minister and college head, was born at Aberystwyth on 11 May 1826, the eldest son of Robert Davies (1790–1841), a draper, and Eliza, daughter of David Charles of Carmarthenshire. His father was one of the leading laymen among the Calvinistic Methodists of ...

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Davies, Rupert Eric (1909–1994), Methodist minister and scholar, was born on 29 November 1909 at 261 Goldhawk Road, Hammersmith, London, the second of the three children of Walter Pierce Davies, solicitor and sometime mayor of Hammersmith, and his wife, Eliza Miriam, née Emmett...

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Edwards, Lewis (1809–1887), Calvinistic Methodist minister and college head, eldest child of a small farmer, Lewis Edward (1783–1852) and his wife, Margaret (1785–1854), was born on 27 October 1809 at Pwllcenawon, near Penllwyn in the parish of Llanbadarn Fawr, Cardiganshire. His parents were pious Methodists of conviction and the young ...

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Lewis Edwards (1809–1887) by unknown engraver by courtesy of the National Library of Wales

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Etheridge, John Wesley (1804–1866), Wesleyan Methodist minister and Semitic scholar, was born at Youngwoods, a farmhouse near Newport, Isle of Wight, on 24 February 1804. His father was a Methodist local preacher and had been urged by Wesley to enter the itinerant ministry, but refused. His mother was ...

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Hughes, John (1776–1843), Wesleyan Methodist minister and antiquary, the third child of William Hughes, a hatter, and his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John and Gwenllian Thomas and sister of John Thomas, vicar of Caerleon, was born on 18 May 1776 at Brecon...

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Mayer, Matthew (1740–1814), Methodist preacher and promoter of the Sunday school movement, was born on 4 November 1740 at Portwood Hall estate, near Stockport, Cheshire, the son of John Mayer, yeoman farmer (d. 1775), and his wife, Hannah. Educated at a good country school, ...

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Pettman, Charles (1851–1935), Methodist minister and lexicographer, was born on 14 August 1851 at Seasalter, Whitstable, Kent, the eldest son of Richard Pettman, baker, and his wife, Mary Wells. Having been brought up as a Baptist, Pettman was attracted to Methodism as a young man. After becoming a local preacher while in business in ...

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Punshon, William Morley (1824–1881), Wesleyan Methodist minister and public lecturer, born at Doncaster on 29 May 1824, was the only child of John Punshon (1793–1840) and his wife, Elizabeth (1800–1838), who married in 1823 at Cantley, near Doncaster. His father was a member of the firm of ...

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Rigg, James Harrison (1821–1909), Wesleyan Methodist minister and educationist, was born at Newcastle upon Tyne on 16 January 1821, the second son and third child of John Rigg (1786–1857), a Wesleyan Methodist minister there, and his second wife, Anne (b. 1797), daughter of ...

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Rowlands, William [pseud. Gwilym Lleyn] (1802–1865), bibliographer and Wesleyan Methodist minister, was born on 24 August 1802 at Llety, Bryncroes, Caernarvonshire, the eldest of six children of Thomas Rowlands, a weaver, and his wife, Eleanor. His literary name comprises the Welsh form of his first name and his place of birth on the ...

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Rule, William Harris (1802–1890), Methodist minister and historian, born at Penryn, Cornwall, on 15 November 1802, was the son of John Rule and his wife, Louisa, daughter of William Harris, a Cornish Quaker. The father, a native of Berwick upon Tweed, was of Scottish parentage. While a surgeon in the army he was captured and imprisoned for some years in ...

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Ryerson, (Adolphus) Egerton (1803–1882), educationist and Methodist minister in Canada, was born at Charlotteville township, Norfolk county, Upper Canada, on 24 March 1803, the fifth son of Colonel Joseph Ryerson (1761–1854) and his wife, Mehetabel Stickney (1766–1850). John Ryerson and William Ryerson, Methodist ministers, were his brothers, as was ...

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Shellabear, William Girdlestone (1862–1947), missionary and Malay scholar, was born on 27 August 1862 at Buttlands, Wells, Norfolk, the son of Samuel Shellabear, accountant, and manager of the earl of Leicester's estate at Holkham Hall, and his wife, Eliza, née Young. He was educated at ...

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Stamp, William Wood (1801–1877), Methodist minister and historian, was born on 23 May 1801 and baptized in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, the following day. Little is known of his family background except that he was the son of the Revd John Stamp...

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Thomas, John (1797–1881), Wesleyan missionary and Tongan scholar, was born at Lower Clent, near Stourbridge, Worcestershire, on 7 November 1797, the second child and eldest son in the large family of William Thomas, blacksmith, and his wife, Hannah, née Hyde. His parents were devout members of the ...