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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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Ball, Hannah (1734–1792), follower of Wesleyan Methodism and diarist, was born on 13 March 1734, probably in Buckinghamshire. Nothing is known of her family other than that she was one of a family of twelve children and that her mother died in 1779, aged seventy-nine. At the age of nine she went to live with an uncle in ...

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Bennis [née Patten], Eliza (1725–1802), Methodist leader, was born in Limerick. Little is known of her background except that her family were Presbyterian and that her father died when she was eighteen. Two years later she married Mitchell Bennis (d. 1788)...

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Willielma Campbell, Viscountess Glenorchy (1741–1786) by Robert Scott, pubd 1804 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Campbell [née Maxwell], Willielma, Viscountess Glenorchy (1741–1786), evangelical activist and benefactor, was the younger daughter of prosperous parents, William Maxwell (d. 1741), medical practitioner of Kirkcudbright, and his wife, Elizabeth Hairstanes (d. c.1806) of Craig. Willielma was born on 2 September 1741 after her father's death. The only other child of the marriage was her sister, ...

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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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Dunnell, Mary (fl. 1807–1813), evangelist, was noteworthy as the first female preacher of the camp meeting community, before the establishment of Primitive Methodism. Nothing is known of her background, and she first came to notice in 1807. She had intended to attend the ...

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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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Gayer [née Jones], Henrietta (d. 1814), Methodist leader, was the daughter of Valentine Jones of Lisburn, co. Antrim; her date of birth and her mother's name are unknown. In 1758 she married Edward Gayer (d. 1799) of Derryaghy, near Lisburn, clerk to the Irish ...

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Griffith [née Wynne], Sidney (c. 1720–1752), follower of Methodism, was the daughter of Cadwaladr Wynne and his wife, Jane Griffith (d. 1771) of Foelas, Ysbyty Ifan, Denbighshire, but her date of birth is unknown. She was named in honour of her grandmother, a member of the prominent ...

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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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Johnson [née Garrat; other married name King], Dorothea (1732–1817), Methodist leader, was born on 4 December 1732 in Dublin, the only daughter of John Garrat (d. 1765), a Dutchman who had settled in Ireland in 1707 and established a business in ...

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Maxwell [née Brisbane], Darcy, Lady Maxwell of Pollok (1742/3–1810), follower of Methodism and philanthropist, was born at Brisbane in Largs, Ayrshire, the youngest daughter of Thomas Brisbane. She was educated at home and in Edinburgh. On 19 February 1760, aged seventeen, she married ...

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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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Murray [née Norman; other married name Bennet], Grace (1715–1803), follower of Methodism, daughter of Robert and Grace Norman, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne on 23 January 1715 into a Church of England family. At twenty-one she married Alexander Murray (d...

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Noel [formerly Edwardes; née Middleton], Diana, suo jure Baroness Barham (1762–1823), evangelical patron, was born on 18 September 1762 at Barham Court, Teston, Kent, the only child of Sir Charles Middleton (1726–1813), first lord of the Admiralty, tory MP for Rochester, and one of the nation's leading agriculturists, who was created ...

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Palmer [née Worrall], Phoebe (1807–1874), Methodist Episcopal evangelist and exponent of holiness, was born on 18 December 1807 in New York, USA, the fourth of nine surviving children of Henry Worrall (1771–1847), engine manufacturer, and his wife, Dorothea, née Wade (d...

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Rhodes [née Brittan], Elizabeth (1759–1836), housekeeper and Methodist leader, was born in Scotland, the daughter of Captain Brittan of the Queen's regiment of dragoons. In 1760 her father resigned his commission and moved to York, his wife's home town, but in 1765 he eloped with her maid. ...

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Rogers [née Roe], Hester Ann (1756–1794), Methodist writer, was born on 31 January 1756 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, where her father, James Roe (d. 1765), was the Anglican clergyman. She received a good education, presumably at the hands of her strict but sincere father, who died on 10 April 1765. She was confirmed by the bishop of ...