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Barker, Joseph (1806–1875), Methodist minister and politico-religious controversialist, was born on 11 May 1806 at Bramley, near Leeds. His ancestors, originally of Keighley, had been settled in this area for several generations as farmers and manufacturers. The identity of his parents has not been discovered, though it is known that his father was employed in woollen manufacture and served for some time in the militia, and that ...

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Joseph Barker (1806–1875) by John Cochran, pubd 1880 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alexander Kilham (1762–1798) by W. Collard, pubd 1838 (after unknown artist, 1797) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kilham, Alexander (1762–1798), a founder of the Methodist New Connexion, was born at Epworth, Lincolnshire, on 10 July 1762, the third son of Simon Kilham (d. 1801/2) and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1785). His father was a linen weaver who later extended his business to include the making of sacking. His parents were zealous Methodists, but the young ...

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Richard Watson (1781–1833) by Samuel William Reynolds junior, pubd 1842 (after John Jackson) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Watson, Richard (1781–1833), Wesleyan Methodist minister and theologian, was born on 22 February 1781 at Barton-on-Humber, Lincolnshire, the seventh of the eighteen children of Thomas Watson (1741/2–1812), a saddler, and his wife, Ann Watson. Though early connected with Methodism, Thomas became a Calvinistic dissenter and gave ...