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Anne Bolton (1743-1822)

Anne Bolton was the daughter of a baker from Witney in Oxfordshire. She was one of John Wesley's closest friends from the time of their first correspondence in 1768 until Wesley's death. He referred to her as 'the sister of my choice.'

Bolton was a devoted Methodist and acted as a class leader for many years. She was married in 1792 to George Conybeare, merchant of Gloucester. Her brother Edward (1747-1818) was a well-known local preacher and companion of John Wesley.

Source: Wesleyan Methodist Magazine 1822, p.482, The Letters of John Wesley, edited by John Telford, and 'Nancy, Nancy' by John Banks (1984)

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