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Asbury, Francis
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(Aug 20, 1745, Handsworth near Birmingham – Mar 31, 1816, Spotsylvania, VA) was largely self-educated. He served for six years as an apprentice to a craftsman and then became apprenticed to J. Wesley, joining the Methodists as a local preacher in 1766. In 1771 Wesley sought volunteers for the American colonies. Asbury responded, never to return to England. Wesley named him “assistant in America” in 1772 but then replaced him by T. Rankin. When during the Revolution Rankin and the other English preachers returned ho…

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Richey, Russell E., “Asbury, Francis”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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