Asbury, Francis, 1745-1816

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Francis Asbury (1745-1816) was one of the first two bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States. Born in England, he came to America in 1771; in 1784 he, with Thomas Coke, was named the head of the Methodist Church in America. There is a statue to his memory in Washington, DC, and in many towns and cities across America one may find an Asbury United Methodist Church.

From the guide to the Francis Asbury Letters, 1811, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Clergyman.

From the description of Francis Asbury agreement, 1792. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79449892

Francis Asbury was born August 20, 1745 in Handsworth, near Birmingham, England and died March 31, 1816 in Spottsylvania, Virginia. In 1767, he was ordained a Methodist minister and in 1771 he volunteered to be a missionary to the American colonies. Asbury was the only Methodist missionary to remain in the colonies throughout the American Revolution. By 1784, Asbury had become bishop of the newly organized Methodist Episcopal Church in America. As part of his missionary work, Asbury traveled widely throughout the South, including Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

From the description of Francis Asbury collection, 1791-1978. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 85189197

Bishop and Methodist preacher.

From the guide to the Francis Asbury letters, 1797, 1804, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Francis Asbury (1745-1816) was a pioneer Methodist preacher and bishop. He volunteered to become a missionary in America in 1771, remaining through the American Revolution. He became the head of the Methodist organization in America by 1782, and traveled widely throughout the colonies.

John Wesley (1703-1791), evangelist and leader of methodism, published poetry, hymns, sermons, and other religious works. For more biographical information, see the Dictionary of National Biography 20:1214-25.

From the description of Letter: Virginia to Rev. John Wesley, London, 1780 September 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122624526

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referencedIn Perkins, Franklin Elwood. Haddonfield's Quaker experience, 1976 June 6. Camden County Historical Society
referencedIn Collection of Wesleyana artifacts, circa 1745-1988. Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology
creatorOf Asbury, Francis, 1745-1816. [Letters] [microform]. Bridwell Library
creatorOf Francis Asbury Letters, 1811 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf Asbury, Francis, 1745-1816. Letter to John Wesley [manuscript], 1780 September. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Haskins, Thomas, 1760-1816. Papers of Thomas Haskins, 1782-1816. Library of Congress
referencedIn Watson, Emory Olin, 1865-1935. Emory Olin Watson papers, 1834-1935. University of South Carolina, System Library Service, University Libraries
creatorOf Blount, Richard A. (Richard Augustus), 1774-1849. Papers, 1792-1861. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Bennett, Joseph Henry, 1907-1970. Joseph Henry Bennett collection, 1960-1967. Atlantic County Historical Society
referencedIn Coleman, Robert Emerson, 1928-. Papers of Robert Emerson Coleman, 1936-2010. Billy Graham Center Archives, BGC Archives
referencedIn Jennett, Jesse. Jesse Jennett elegiack poem, 1833 Dec. 25. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
creatorOf Raines, John, 1818-1877. Rev. John Raines, Jr. commonplace and record book, 1815, 1831, 1847-1872. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Perkins, Franklin Elwood. Religious history of Haddonfield, 1976 July 4. Camden County Historical Society
referencedIn Wesley, John, 1703-1791. Letter : Norwich, to Francis Asbury, 31 Oct 1784. Bridwell Library
creatorOf Clemson University. Office of the President. Enoch Walter Sikes Presidential Records. 1926-1941. Speeches and writings. Clemson University Libraries, Robert Muldrow Cooper Library
creatorOf Asbury, Francis, 1745-1816. [Certificate appointing Caleb Dustin a church Elder, 1806 June 15]. New England Historic Genealogical Society
referencedIn Hammet, William, d. 1803. William Hammet papers, 1787-1825. University of South Carolina, System Library Service, University Libraries
creatorOf Asbury, Francis, 1745-1816. Francis Asbury collection, 1791-1978. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Hughes, Jessie Hopwood, 1895-1978. Sons of thunder, 1975. Flugschriften des Fruhen 16 Jahrhunderts
creatorOf Asbury, Francis, 1745-1816. Letter: Virginia to Rev. John Wesley, London, 1780 September 3. Library of Virginia
creatorOf Asbury, Francis, 1745-1816. Francis Asbury agreement, 1792. Library of Congress
referencedIn Cain, Patrick H. Papers, 1783-1940. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Hinde, Thomas S. (Thomas Spottswood), 1785-1846. Draper manuscripts: Thomas Spottswood Hinde papers, 1807-1845. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Reed, Ann Eliza, 1824-1903. Papers, 1821-1894. Winterthur Library
referencedIn Rev. John Raines, Jr. commonplace and record book, 1815, 1831, 1847-1872 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Francis Asbury letters, 1797, 1804 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn United Methodist Church (U.S.). United Methodist Church records, 1784-1984 bulk 1800-1940. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Asbury, Francis, 1745-1816. [Letter, 1780 Sept. 3] Virginia [to] John Wesley, London, Eng. / Francis Asbury. Randolph-Macon College, McGraw-Page Library
referencedIn Duren, William Larkin, 1870-1965. William Larkin Duren papers, 1928-1936. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Jones, Joseph Henry, 1893-1980. Joseph Henry Jones papers, circa 1940-1975. Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology
referencedIn Hendrix, Eugene Russell, Bp., 1847-1927. Papers, 1764-1914. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Snell, Edwin. Annotations and corrections on the journal and letters of Asbury 1958-1988 / Edwin Snell. Drew University Library, Rose Memorial Library
creatorOf Asbury, Harry (Harry Clifford), 1887-1971 or 72. Papers. Asbury Theological Seminary, B.L. Fisher Library
referencedIn Jones, Sarah Anderson, d. 1794. Diary, 1792-1793. William & Mary Libraries
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associatedWith Asbury, Harry (Harry Clifford), 1887-1971 or 72. person
associatedWith Bennett, Joseph Henry, 1907-1970. person
associatedWith Birch, Robert, 1808-1842 person
associatedWith Blount, Richard A. (Richard Augustus), 1774-1849. person
associatedWith Boehm, Henry, 1775-1875 person
associatedWith Cain, Patrick H. person
associatedWith Clemson University. Office of the President. corporateBody
associatedWith Coleman, Robert Emerson, 1928- person
associatedWith Duren, William Larkin, 1870-1965. person
associatedWith Dustin, Caleb. person
associatedWith Hammet, William, d. 1803. person
associatedWith Haskins, Thomas, 1760-1816. person
associatedWith Hendrix, Eugene Russell, Bp., 1847-1927. person
associatedWith Hinde, Thomas S. (Thomas Spottswood), 1785-1846. person
associatedWith Hughes, Jessie Hopwood, 1895-1978. person
associatedWith Jennett, Jesse. person
associatedWith Jones, Joseph Henry, 1893-1980. person
associatedWith Jones, Sarah Anderson, d. 1794. person
associatedWith Methodist Episcopal Church corporateBody
associatedWith Perkins, Franklin Elwood. person
associatedWith Raines, John, 1818-1877. person
associatedWith Reed, Ann Eliza, 1824-1903. person
associatedWith Snell, Edwin. person
associatedWith United Methodist Church (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Watson, Emory Olin, 1865-1935. person
associatedWith Wesley, John (1703-1791) corporateBody
associatedWith Wesley, John, 1703-1791. person
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United States
Georgia
United States
Subject
Methodism
Slavery
Church and clergy
Methodists--History--19th century
Methodists--History--18th century
Methodist Episcopal Church
Methodism--History
Occupation
Clergy
Missionaries
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Birth 1745-08-20

Death 1816-03-31

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