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Thomas Barber (1746-1825)

Thomas Barber was born in County Fermanagh, Ireland. He was converted under the ministry of John Smith and John Wesley. Early in 1779, Barber commenced travelling as a preacher at his own expense in parts of Ulster. The famous Wesleyan minister Adam Clarke was one of his early converts. Later that year, he was officially accepted by the Conference and was appointed to the Sligo circuit where he laboured with great success. In 1780 he was sent to the Waterford circuit where he gave special attention to working with young children.

Barber's extensive circuit ministry was exercised throughout Ireland and ended in superannuation in 1808. He retired to Monaghan where he died after a long period of ill health.

Source: Pioneer Preachers of Irish Methodism by Robert Gallagher (1965), 94-95, Minutes of Conference 1826 and History of Methodism in Ireland, volumes 1-2 by C. H. Crookshank (1885)

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