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Bennet, John (1715–1759), Methodist preacher and Independent minister, was born on 1 March 1715 in Whitehough, near Chinley, Derbyshire, the younger son of William Bennet (c.1677–1766), farmer, and his wife, Ann (d. 1752). Raised as a presbyterian, he was educated at a school in ...

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Thomas Maxfield (d. 1784) by Richard Houston, pubd 1772 (after Thomas Beach, 1772) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Taylor, Thomas (1738–1816), Methodist preacher, son of Thomas Taylor, a tanner, was born on 11 November 1738 at Rothwell, Yorkshire, and raised as a Presbyterian. His parents died before he was six years old, and he proved careless and headstrong as a youth. At seventeen he was impressed by ...