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Mayer, Matthew (1740–1814), Methodist preacher and promoter of the Sunday school movement  

Henry D. Rack

Mayer, Matthew (1740–1814), Methodist preacher and promoter of the Sunday school movement, was born on 4 November 1740 at Portwood Hall estate, near Stockport, Cheshire, the son of John Mayer, yeoman farmer (d. 1775), and his wife, Hannah. Educated at a good country school, ...

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Shirley, Walter (1725–1786), Methodist preacher and hymn writer  

Edwin Welch

Shirley, Walter (1725–1786), Methodist preacher and hymn writer, the fourth son of the Hon. Laurence Shirley (1693–1743) and Anne (d. 1782), daughter of Sir Walter Clarges, was born on 23 September 1725 and baptized at Doveridge, Derbyshire, on 7 October. His father was the youngest son of ...

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Townley, James (1774–1833), Wesleyan Methodist minister and religious writer  

Martin Wellings

Townley, James (1774–1833), Wesleyan Methodist minister and religious writer, was born on 11 May 1774 in Manchester, the son of Thomas Townley, a local businessman. His mother, Mary, a devout churchwoman, was also an occasional attender at Methodist meetings. Townley was educated in ...