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Coke, Thomas (1747–1814), Church of England clergyman and founder of Methodist missions, was born at Brecon on 28 September 1747, the third but only surviving son of Bartholomew Coke (1701/2–1773) and Ann(e) Phillips (1712/13–1783), and was baptized on 5 October at St Mary's Church, Brecon...

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Thomas Coke (1747–1814) by Henry Edridge, 1799 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jenkins, Ebenezer Evans (1820–1905), Wesleyan Methodist minister and missionary, born at Exeter on 10 May 1820, was the second son of John Jenkins, cabinet maker, and his wife, Mary Evans, a Welshwoman. His parents were Methodists. Educated at Exeter grammar school, he showed literary leanings and soon became assistant master in ...

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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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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 ...