Wesley, Charles, 1707-1788

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Wesley, Charles, 1707-1788

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WESLEY, CHARLES, brother of Samuel Wesley (qv); b. 18 Dec 1707; adm. Apr 1716; KS 1721; Capt. of the School 1725; elected head to Christ Church, Oxford 1726, matr. 13 Jun 1726, Westminster Student 22 Dec 1726 – void by marriage 5 May 1749, Tutor 1732-3; acquired the nickname “Methodist” while at university; BA 1730; MA 12 Mar 1732/3; ordained deacon (Oxford), priest (London) Oct 1735; Secretary to James Oglethorpe, Governor of Georgia 1736-8 (but was only in Georgia to Jul 1736); became “converted” 21 May 1738; settled at Bristol and made evangelistic journeys through the country 1739-56; removed to Bath 1761 and to London 1771; preached at the City Road Chapel; called by Robert Southey (qv) “the sweet singer of Methodism”; composed some 6500 hymns; his poetical works, together with those of his brother John, were published in thirteen volumes 1868-72; m. 8 Apr 1749 Sarah, third dau. of Marmaduke Gwynne, Garth, Llanlleonfel, Breconshire; d. 29 Mar 1788. Tablet to him and his brother John erected in Westminster Abbey 1871. DNB.


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Wesley, Samuel, 1691-1739 (1691-1739)

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Users should note that the information recorded here that is not to be found in the first two volumes of the Record of Old Westminsters and its first Supplement has been assembled from various published and manuscript sources by Hugh Edmund Pagan MA FSA, and all new resulting text is his copyright, © 2014.

The Record of Old Westminsters: A biographical list of all those who are known to have been educated at Westminster School from the earliest times to 1927, Volumes 1 & 2, compiled by G. F. Russell Barker and Alan H. Stenning, London, 1928.

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