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Charles Wesley

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Epworth, Bristol, Gloucester, England
Death: March 29, 1788 (80)
St. Marylebone, London, England
Place of Burial: East Finchley Cemetery, Greater London, United Kingdom, Memorial# 12330
Immediate Family:

Son of Rector Samuel Wesley and Susannah Wesley
Husband of Sarah Gwynne Wesley
Father of Martha Maria Wesley; Charles Wesley, Jr.; Sarah Wesley; Selina/Selena Wesley; Samuel Sebastian Wesley and 1 other
Brother of Samuel Wesley the Younger; Anne Nancy Wesley; Mary (Wesley) Whitelamb; Benjamin Wesley; John Wesley, "The Methodist Founder" and 6 others

Occupation: Leader of the Methodist Movement. See:
Managed by: Rachel Leigh Hansen
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About Charles 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 Wesley's Timeline

December 18, 1707
Epworth, Bristol, Gloucester, England
December 18, 1707
St. Marylebone, London, England
Age 47
December 11, 1757
Age 49
Bristol, City of Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Age 51
Garth, Bridgend, Wales
Age 56
February 24, 1766
Age 58
Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
Age 60
March 29, 1788
Age 80
St. Marylebone, London, England