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Elizabeth Agar (1763-1841)

Elizabeth Agar was born in York, the daughter of William Hawkeswell. Her father had been converted by John Wesley and was a prominent member of the York society for the rest of his life.

Elizabeth received her first religious impressions from the Anglican minister William Hunter who addressed a children's meeting at Peasholme Green Methodist Chapel. She was converted in 1780 by the ministry of the preachers Thomas and Joseph Taylor. In 1784 she attended the Leeds Conference and was introduced to John Wesley, John and Mary Fletcher, Miss Ritchie and others.

In 1787 she married Joseph Agar whose dedication to Methodism matched her own. John Wesley stayed with the couple during his last visit to York in 1790 and they numbered some of the most prominent preachers in the connexion as their close friends. Surprisingly, she was never prevailed upon to accept an office within the society.

She died in June 1841 after a short illness.

Source: Arminian Magazine 1850,1129-1132

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