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Castillo, John (1792–1845), stonemason, poet, and preacher, was born at Rathfarnham, near Dublin. When he was two or three years old his parents, who were Roman Catholics, emigrated to England, and on the voyage were shipwrecked off the Isle of Man. They settled in the hamlet of ...

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Cutler, Ann (1759–1794), hand-loom weaver and Methodist evangelist, was born in Thornley, near Longridge, in the parish of Chipping, Lancashire; nothing is known of her parents. After living a strict, moral life she was converted in 1785 by the revivalist Wesleyan William Bramwell...

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Henson, Josiah (1789–1883), escaped slave, slavery abolitionist, and Methodist minister, was born on 15 June 1789 in Charles county, Maryland, USA, one of six children of slave parents. He experienced the harsh realities of slavery early in life. He saw his father receive 100 lashes and then have his ear cut off as punishment for defending his mother from the plantation overseer. His father was then sold south and was never heard from again. ...

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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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Roberts, Evan John (1878–1951), preacher and miner, was born on 8 June 1878 in Island House, Bwlchymynydd, near Loughor, Glamorgan, Wales, the ninth child of fourteen children born to Henry Roberts (b. 1844), a collier, and his wife, Hannah Edwards (b...

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Rogers, Zebedee (bap. 1774, d. 1833), missionary to seafarers and shoemaker, was baptized at Strood, Kent, on 10 April 1774, the son of John and Elizabeth Rogers. He is recognized as the originator of the historic seafarers' emblem known as the Bethel flag. His given name (that of the father of the seafaring apostles ...

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Wilson, Salim Charles [Hatashil Masha Kathish; Atobhil Macar Kathiec] (c. 1859–1946), freed slave and Christian evangelist, was born in Amerwai village, among the Gok Dinka people in southern Sudan, the eldest son of Kathiec, otherwise Kathish, whom he later described as an elected chief. Captured by Arab slavers about 1876 in a raid in which his father was killed, he was given the Arabic name ...