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John Wesley, "The Methodist Founder"

Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Epworth, Lincolnshire, England
Death: March 2, 1791 (87)
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: Wesleys Chapel, London, United Kingdom, MEMORIAL ID 1937
Immediate Family:

Son of Rector Samuel Wesley and Susannah Wesley
Husband of Mary Vazeille Wesley
Brother of Samuel Wesley the Younger; Anne Nancy Wesley; Mary (Wesley) Whitelamb; Benjamin Wesley; Martha Wesley and 6 others

Occupation: Founding Father of the Methodist Movement. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wesley
Managed by: Rachel Leigh Hansen
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About John Wesley, "The Methodist Founder"

Born June 28, 1703, at Epworth, Lincolnshire, England. 15th of 19 siblings. Father: Anglican minister. Raised Anglican. Schooled through Oxford University. Childhood distinctions: righteous, bookish. Both parents lived into adulthood.

Timeline:

  • 1709 almost died in rectory fire.
  • 1714 entered Charterhouse school in London.
  • 1720 entered Oxford.
  • 1724 graduated Oxford.
  • 1725 ordained deacon.
  • 1726 Fellow at Oxford.
  • 1727 ordained priest.
  • 1729 joined brother Charles' Holy Club (derisively called 'Methodists').
  • 1735 began 55-year journal.
  • 1736 in America (with Charles) to serve Georgia colony, published (with Charles) hymnal.
  • 1737 fled America.
  • 1738 'infilling of the Holy Spirit' experience (London), visited Moravians in Germany.
  • 1739 in Bristol first field preached, formed Methodist societies.
  • 1740 opened Foundry chapel at (London)
  • 1741 broke with George Whitefield over predestination, approved lay preaching for Methodists.
  • 1744 first Methodist conference, scathing speech at Oxford.
  • 1747 published medical book.
  • 1749 feuded with Charles over Grace Murray.
  • 1751 married Molly Vazeille (with whom he had no children).
  • 1753 nearly died from illness.
  • 1771 separated from wife.
  • 1777 started Arminian magazine.
  • 1778 opened City Road chapel (London)
  • 1784 ordained Methodist ministers for America.
  • 1786 affirmed Methodists in England would remain Anglican.

Died March 2, 1791. Buried City Road chapel in London.

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1703
June 17, 1703
Epworth, Lincolnshire, England
1791
March 2, 1791
Age 87
London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Rev John Wesley A M
in the Rhode Island, Vital Extracts, 1636-1899

Name: Rev John Wesley A M
Birth Date: abt 1703
Death Date: 2 Mar 1791
Death Place: Rhode Island, USA
Death Age: 88
Page Number: 403
Source Information
Ancestry.com. Rhode Island, Vital Extracts, 1636-1899 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.

Original data: Arnold, James Newell. Rhode Island Vital Extracts, 1636–1850. 21 volumes. Providence, R.I.: Narragansett Historical Publishing Company, 1891–1912. Digitized images from New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

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Revd John Wesley
in the England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970

Name: Revd John Wesley
Birth Date: abt 1704
Event Type: Burial
Death Date: abt 1791
Death Age: 87
Burial Date: 9 Mar 1791
Burial Place: City Road, London, England
Denomination: Wesleyan
Piece Title: Piece 4333: City Road, City Road Chapel (Wesleyan), 1779-1839
Source Citation
The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; General Register Office: Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths surrendered to the Non-parochial Registers Commissions of 1837 and 1857; Class Number: RG 4; Piece Number: 4333

Source Information
Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

Original data:

General Register Office: Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths surrendered to the Non-parochial Registers Commissions of 1837 and 1857. Records of the General Register Office, Government Social Survey Department, and Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, Registrar General (RG) 4. The National Archives, Kew, England.
General Register Office: Birth Certificates from the Presbyterian, Independent and Baptist Registry and from the Wesleyan Methodist Metropolitan Registry. Digitized images. Records of the General Register Office, Government Social Survey Department, and Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, Registrar General (RG) 5. The National Archives, Kew, England.
General Register Office: Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths surrendered to the Non Parochial Registers Commission of 1857, and other registers and church records in the Protectorates of Africa and Asia. Records of the General Register Office, Government Social Survey Department, and Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, Registrar General (RG) 8. The National Archives, Kew, England.
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March 2, 1791
Age 87
Wesleys Chapel, London, United Kingdom, MEMORIAL ID 1937

Birth: Jun. 17, 1703
Epworth
North Lincolnshire Unitary Authority
Lincolnshire, England
Death: Mar. 2, 1791
London
City of London
Greater London, England

Religious Leader, Theologian. He is credited with the foundation of the evangelical movement known as Methodism. His work and writings also played a leading role in the later development of the Holiness movement and Pentecostalism. The son of Anglican rector Samuel Wesley, he received his early education at home and in 1714 he was sent to Charterhouse School in London, England. In June 1720 he entered Christ Church at Oxford, England, graduating in 1724 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In September 1725 he was ordained a deacon and the following March, he was elected a fellow of Lincoln College at Oxford. While continuing his studies for his Master's Degree. In August 1727 he returned to home town of Epworth, England and served at the nearby town of Wroote, and in September 1728 he was ordained a priest and served as the parish curate for two years. He returned to Oxford in November 1729 at the request of the Rector of Lincoln College and to maintain his status as junior Fellow. In October 1735 he travelled with to Savannah in the Georgia Colony of British America at the request of the governor, James Oglethorpe, to become the minister of the Savannah parish. While on the journey, he came into contact with Moravian settlers and was deeply influenced by their faith and spiritual pietism. His mission in Savannah was unsuccessful, and he was constantly beset by troubles in the colonies and he returned to England, depressed and beaten. In May 1738 he experienced an evangelical "conversion" at a Moravian meeting in Aldersgate Street in London and travelled to the Moravian headquarters at Herrnhut, Germany to study. After returning to England the following year, he began his career as a traveling preacher, ministering in the open air since most churches refused to allow him to preach. He broke with the Moravians in late 1739 and began preaching his own doctrine, working among the neglected and needy, and he and his followers were greatly persecuted in the press and physically by the religious status quo. He usually traveled on horseback, preaching two or three times each day. He formed societies, opened chapels, examined and commissioned preachers, administered aid charities, prescribed for the sick, helped to pioneer the use of electric shock for the treatment of illness, superintended schools and orphanages, abstained from meat and wine, and received at least £20,000 for his publications but used little of it for himself. Later in his ministry, he was a keen abolitionist, speaking out and writing against the slave trade. He published a pamphlet on slavery entitled "Thoughts Upon Slavery" (1774). In 1778 he began the publication of The Arminian Magazine. He died at the age of 87. In 1954 the Radio and Film Commission of the Methodist Church in cooperation with J. Arthur Rank produced the film "John Wesley," a live-action re-telling of the story of his life, with Leonard Sachs as Wesley. In 2009 Foundery Pictures produced the film "Wesley" about the life of him and his brother that featured Burgess Jenkins as John Wesley, R. Keith Harris as Charles Wesley, and June Lockhart as Susanna Wesley, the wife of Charles Wesley. He is commemorated in the Calendar of Saints of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on March 2nd with his brother Charles. The Wesley brothers are also commemorated on March 3rd in the Calendar of Saints of the Episcopal Church and on May 24th in the Anglican calendar. Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut is named in his honor. (bio by: William Bjornstad)

Family links:
Parents:
Samuel Wesley (1662 - 1735)
Susanna Annesley Wesley (1669 - 1742)

Spouse:
Mary Vazeille Wesley (1710 - 1781)*

Siblings:
John Wesley (1703 - 1791)
Martha Wesley Hall (1706 - 1791)*
Charles Wesley (1707 - 1788)*

*Calculated relationship

Burial:
Wesleys Chapel
London Borough of Islington
Greater London, England

Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 01, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 1937

https://old.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=1937
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The Revd John Wesley
in the England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970

Name: The Revd John Wesley
Birth Date: abt 1704
Event Type: Burial
Death Date: abt 1791
Death Age: 87
Burial Date: 9 Mar 1791
Burial Place: City Road, London, England
Denomination: Wesleyan
Piece Title: Piece 4263: City Road, City Road Chapel (Wesleyan), 1783 Oct 11- 1797 Dec 12
Source Citation
The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; General Register Office: Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths surrendered to the Non-parochial Registers Commissions of 1837 and 1857; Class Number: RG 4; Piece Number: 4263

Source Information
Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

Original data:

General Register Office: Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths surrendered to the Non-parochial Registers Commissions of 1837 and 1857. Records of the General Register Office, Government Social Survey Department, and Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, Registrar General (RG) 4. The National Archives, Kew, England.
General Register Office: Birth Certificates from the Presbyterian, Independent and Baptist Registry and from the Wesleyan Methodist Metropolitan Registry. Digitized images. Records of the General Register Office, Government Social Survey Department, and Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, Registrar General (RG) 5. The National Archives, Kew, England.
General Register Office: Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths surrendered to the Non Parochial Registers Commission of 1857, and other registers and church records in the Protectorates of Africa and Asia. Records of the General Register Office, Government Social Survey Department, and Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, Registrar General (RG) 8. The National Archives, Kew, England.
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