Charles "The Methodist Founder" Wesley

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Charles "The Methodist Founder" Wesley

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Epworth, Bristol, Gloucester, England
Death: Died in St. Marylebone, London, England
Place of Burial: Greater London, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Rector Samuel Wesley and Susannah/Susanna Wesley (Ansley)
Husband of Sarah Gwynne Wesley
Father of Charles Jr. Wesley; Sarah Wesley and Samuel Wesley
Brother of Samuel Wesley the Younger; Susanah Wesley; John Wesley, "The Methodist Founder"; Anne Nancy Wesley; Mary Wesley and 7 others

Occupation: Leader of the Methodist Movement. See:
Managed by: Rachel Leigh Hansen
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About Charles "The Methodist Founder" Wesley

Charles Wesley (18 December 1707 – 29 March 1788) was an English leader of the Methodist movement, son of Anglican clergyman and poet Samuel Wesley, the younger brother of Anglican clergyman John Wesley and Anglican clergyman Samuel Wesley (the Younger), and father of musician Samuel Wesley, and grandfather of musician Samuel Sebastian Wesley. Despite their closeness, Charles and his brother John did not always agree on questions relating to their beliefs. In particular, Charles was strongly opposed to the idea of a breach with the Church of England into which they had been ordained. Charles Wesley is chiefly remembered for the many hymns he wrote. He founded Wesley Chapel in the village of Brayton, which is just south of Selby. His house, located nearby, can still be visited today.

Best-known hymns and Legacy

"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is a Christmas carol that first appeared in 1739 in the collection Hymns and Sacred Poems, having been written by Charles Wesley. Wesley had requested and received slow and solemn music for his lyrics, not the joyful tune expected today.

Composer. He composed of than 8,000 hymns. His brother John Wesley was the founder of Methodism. His two sons, Samuel and Charles, Jr., also became noted composers.

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Charles "The Methodist Founder" Wesley's Timeline

December 18, 1707
Epworth, Bristol, Gloucester, England
Age 49
Age 51
February 24, 1766
Age 58
March 29, 1788
Age 80
St. Marylebone, London, England
January 27, 1934
Age 80
February 20, 1934
Age 80
July 31, 1990
Age 80