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Aberhart, William (1878–1943), politician and evangelist in Canada, was born in Hibbert township, near Seaforth, Perth county, Ontario, on 30 December 1878, the son of William Aberhart (who as a child had been brought from Germany) and his wife, Louisa Pepper, the daughter of an Englishman. He was educated at schools in ...

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Davies, Howell (1717?–1770), Methodist leader, was of unknown origins, though historians usually refer to him as a Monmouthshire man. His family connections and his early employment as a schoolteacher at Talgarth suggest that he could have been brought up in Brecknockshire, where, in 1737, he was converted by ...

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John William Fletcher (bap. 1729, d. 1785) by Jonathan Spilsbury, 1777 The New Room, John Wesley's Chapel, Bristol / Photograph by David Roberts

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Fletcher, John William [formerly Jean Guillaume de La Fléchère] (bap. 1729, d. 1785), Church of England clergyman and Methodist writer, was baptized on 19 September 1729 in Nyon, Switzerland, the last of eight children of Jacques de La Fléchère (1678–1756), army officer and assessor to the bailiff in ...

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Harris, Howel (1714–1773), evangelist, was born on 23 January 1714, at Trefeca, near Talgarth, in Brecknockshire, the youngest of the five children born to Howel ap Howel alias Harris (1672?–1731), carpenter, and his wife, Susannah (d. 1751), daughter of Thomas Powell. Surviving knowledge about his youth comes from ...

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Middleton, Erasmus (bap. 1739, d. 1805), Church of England clergyman and Methodist sympathizer, was born in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, and baptized there on 30 May 1739, son of Erasmus Middleton, an upholsterer of the town, and his wife, Ann Wilson. He attended Kingswood School, Bristol...

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Seward, William (1711–1740), promoter of Methodism and friend of George Whitefield, was born into a family of independent landed means at Badsey, a hamlet near Evesham, Worcestershire. Of his brothers, Thomas became a clergyman of the Church of England, and was in Genoa...

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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 ...