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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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William Booth (1829–1912) by Olive Edis and Katherine Edis, 1902 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Booth, William (1829–1912), founder of the Salvation Army, was born at Sneinton, a suburb of Nottingham, on 10 April 1829, one of five children of Samuel Booth (1775–1842), a speculative builder, and his second wife, Mary Moss (b. 1791). He was sent to ...

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Edwards, John (1714–1785), Independent minister, was born in Shrewsbury of unknown parentage. He converted to Methodism under George Whitefield's preaching, and was among the first set of preachers at the Tabernacle in London in 1746. He has been identified as the author of a very rare pamphlet, ...

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Fawcett, John (1740–1817), Particular Baptist minister and theological writer, was born on 6 January 1740 at Lidget Green, near Bradford, the son of Stephen Fawcett (c.1702–c.1751), who died of a fever in his fiftieth year, leaving a widow and a numerous family. ...

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Marrant, John (1755–1791), missionary and autobiographer, was born in New York on 15 June 1755. When he was four he moved with his mother to Florida after his father's death. There he learned to read, continuing his education in Georgia until the age of eleven, when they moved to ...

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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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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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Saxby [née Howell], Mary (1738–1801), vagrant and memoirist, was born in London, the daughter of John Howell, a silk weaver, and his wife, Susanna, who died soon afterwards during childbirth. Mary's father remarried and had two further sons, one of whom—together with ...

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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 ...

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Thomas, John [Ioan, John Thomas Rhaeadr Gwy] (bap. 1730, d. in or before 1806), schoolmaster and Independent minister, was born at Col, a cottage in Myddfai, Carmarthenshire, and was baptized on 25 April 1730, St Mark's day, at Myddfai parish church. He was the illegitimate son of ...

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Ward, John [called Zion Ward] (1781–1837), founder of the Shilohites, was born at the Cove of Cork in Ireland on 25 December 1781. Taken by his parents, who were strict Calvinists, to Bristol in July 1790, he was for three years apprenticed to a shipwright and fell into bad company. Following his father to ...

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Weeton [married name Stock], Nelly [Ellen] (1776–1849), letter writer and governess, was born on 25 December 1776 in Lancaster, possibly in Church Street, the second of the four children of Thomas Weeton (1744–1782), privateersman and slave-ship captain, and Mary (1746?–1797), daughter of ...