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O’Kelly, James

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Author(s): Wigger, John H.
[German Version] (c. 1735, Ireland or Virginia – Oct 16, 1826, Chatham County, NC). O’Kelly was converted to Methodism at a Methodist meeting around 1774. After serving from 1778 as an itinerant Methodist preacher in Virginia and North Carolina, he was ordained an elder of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1784. Although he had little formal education, O’Kelly was a gifted and popular preacher, and built up a large following in southern Virg…

Garrettson, Freeborn

(167 words)

Author(s): Wigger, John H.
[German Version] (Aug 15, 1752, Harford County, MD – Sep 26, 1827, New York, NY), was born into a prominent family of the Church of England. He was converted under the preaching of F. Asbury. After joining the Methodists, he freed his slaves and became a Methodist itinerant preacher in 1776. Between 1776 and 1793 he traveled 160,000 km. After preaching widely in the American south and in Nova Scotia, Garrettson made a preaching tour in New York. Despite opposition from her weal…

Coke, Thomas

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Author(s): Wigger, John H.