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I was very in­ter­ested in the ar­ti­cle in is­sue 103 about non­con­formists, as I have dis­cov­ered (only this year!) that a large num­ber of my Cor­nish an­ces­tors were Wes­leyan Methodists. Even more ex­cit­ing, sev­eral of them were preach­ers and min­is­ters. While hunt­ing for more in­for­ma­tion, I came across a cou­ple of very help­ful web­sites, so I’m send­ing them to add to your trea­sure trove of use­ful on­line re­sources.

A good start­ing point is my­wes­leyan­methodists. It seems to be quite a new site, but has some good links and in­ter­est­ing ar­ti­cles. There is a cur­rent one on the bot­tom of the front page about James Webb of Ke­nil­worth, which is de­light­ful – and which I can visualise very well in­deed, since I live in Ke­nil­worth and know all the lo­ca­tions men­tioned. methodist her­­search-fam­ily.htm is an older site with a slightly dif­fer­ent fo­cus, but again with some great ad­vice and links – in par­tic­u­lar, one to the Methodists Who’s Who in 1912 at ar­­tails/the methodis­t­whos 00un­kn­uoft. I found won­der­ful mini-bi­ogra­phies of sev­eral of my an­ces­tors in this. It de­tails Prim­i­tive and Uni­tar­ian Min­is­ters as well as Wes­leyan, and gives great in­for­ma­tion – in­clud­ing this for my 1st cousin 3x re­moved, Thomas Mor­com Tay­lor, BA: “Tay­lor,Tl Rev.R ThomasTh Mor­com,M BA (Lond); born July 2 at St Columb, Corn­wall; son of Rev An­thony Tay­lor; mar­ried He­lena Bertha John­son, of Leeds and Scar­bor­ough; three chil­dren. Ed­u­cated Wood­house Grove and Kingswood Schools; Rich­mond Col­lege; En­tered Min­istry 1889. For 13 years, Su­per­in­ten­dent of Glas­gow Mis­sion. Pub­li­ca­tion: Por­traits and Pic­tures of the West Lon­don Mis­sion. Recre­ations: Golf and climb­ing. Ad­dress: 104 North Marine Road, Scar­bor­ough. Wes­leyan.” Isn’t that just bril­liant?

Fi­nally,­brary.manch­­sources/guide-to-spe­cial- col­lec­tions/methodist/ us­ing-the- col­lec­tions/in­dex- of-methodist­min­is­ters/t in­cludes Thomas in a list of min­is­ters, with de­tails show­ing he en­tered the min­istry in 1889 and died in 1954. Les­ley Plant, by email Editor replies: Many thanks for send­ing in those on­line sources Les­ley – they’ll be a real boost for other read­ers’ Methodist re­search. I have Methodists on my fam­ily tree, too, so I’ll def­i­nitely be check­ing out th­ese sites to see if they can fill in the gaps in my knowl­edge.

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