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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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Cayley, Cornelius (1727–1779), Methodist preacher and writer, was born in Brompton, Yorkshire, on 23 April 1727, the son of Simeon and Elizabeth Cayley. He was educated at a public school for about four years and, when nineteen, he became a clerk in the ...

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Cennick, John (1718–1755), lay preacher and Moravian minister, was born in Reading on 12 December 1718, the son of a clothier who was of Quaker descent. Brought up in the established church, he experienced an evangelical conversion on 6 September 1737 in his parish church in ...

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Charles, Thomas (1755–1814), Methodist preacher, was born on 14 October 1755, probably at Longmoor, Llanfihangel Abercywyn, Carmarthenshire. He was the son of Rees Charles, a prosperous farmer, and his wife, Jael Bowen; David Charles (1762–1834) was his younger brother. All their sons were given an education. ...

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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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Fletcher [née Bosanquet], Mary (1739–1815), Methodist preacher, was born on 12 September 1739 at Forest House, Leytonstone, Essex, the second of the four children of Samuel Bosanquet (d. 1767), merchant and lord of the manor of Leytonstone, and his wife, whose name is unknown, who also died in 1767. Her family was one of the most illustrious, wealthy, and well-connected Huguenot families in ...

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Flew, (Robert) Newton (1886–1962), Methodist minister and theologian, was born on 25 May 1886 in Holsworthy, Devon, the elder son of the Revd Josiah Flew (1859–1925), Wesleyan Methodist minister, and his wife, Florence Jones (1863–1964). The family's home was originally in Portland, Dorset...

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Lidgett, John Scott (1854–1953), Methodist minister and local politician, was born on 10 August 1854 at Kelso Cottage, Lewisham, the son of John Jacob Lidgett (1828–1869), shipowner and businessman, and Maria Elizabeth (1824–1911), daughter of the Revd John Scott and his wife, Maria...

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Maxfield, Thomas (d. 1784), Methodist preacher, hailed from Bristol, but nothing is known of his parents or his early life. He was converted by John Wesley's preaching at Bristol on 21 May 1739, and, despite his youth, was soon appointed leader of a Methodist band—a small group for fellowship and mutual confession. In 1740 ...

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Ouseley, Gideon (1762–1839), Methodist preacher, was the eldest son of John Ouseley (b. c.1735) of Kilticoghly, co. Galway, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Francis Surridge, of Fairyhill, co. Galway. He was born at Dunmore, co. Galway, the residence of his great-uncle ...

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Rowland, Daniel (1711?–1790), Church of England clergyman and Methodist preacher, was born at Pantybeudy in the Cardiganshire village of Nancwnlle, the younger son of Daniel Rowland (c.1659–1731), rector of Llangeitho, and his wife, Janet (d. 1736), daughter of a local farmer, ...

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Sangster, William Edwin Robert (1900–1960), Methodist minister and writer, was born on 5 June 1900 at 3 Edmund's Place, near City Road, in London, one of the five children of Henry George Sangster (1872–1931), foreman at a collar-box factory, and his wife, Martha Deal (1871–1954)...

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Soper, Donald Oliver, Baron Soper (1903–1998), Methodist minister, was born on 31 January 1903 at 36 Knoll Road, Wandsworth, London, the first son and first child of the three children of Ernest Frankham Soper (1871–1962), an average adjuster in marine insurance, the son of a tailor, and his wife, ...

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Wakefield, Gordon Stevens (1921–2000), Methodist minister and scholar, was born on 15 January 1921 at 42 Gainsborough Road, Crewe, the only child of Ernest Wakefield (b. c.1877), a metal machinist in the railway works there, and his wife, Lucy Spooner (...

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Wesley, Charles (1707–1788), Church of England clergyman and a founder of Methodism, was born on 18 December 1707 at Epworth rectory, Lincolnshire, the sixteenth or seventeenth child and third surviving son of Samuel Wesley (bap. 1662, d. 1735), rector of Epworth, and his wife, ...

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Wesley [Westley], John (1703–1791), Church of England clergyman and a founder of Methodism, was born on 17 June 1703 at Epworth rectory, Lincolnshire, the thirteenth or fourteenth child and the second of three sons to reach maturity of Samuel Wesley (bap. 1662, d. 1735)...

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Wills, Thomas (1740–1802), Methodist preacher and Church of England clergyman, was born at Truro, Cornwall, on 26 July 1740, the second son of Thomas Wills (d. c.1742) of St Issey and his wife, Mary Spry (d. 1740). His forebear Jonathan Wills...

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Woodsworth, James Shaver (1874–1942), Methodist minister and politician in Canada, was born on 29 July 1874 at Applewood, the farmstead of his mother's family, the Shavers, in Etobicoke township, near Toronto, Ontario, the eldest son of six children of the Revd James Woodsworth (1843–1918)...