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Diana Claxton (1781-1817)

Diana Claxton was the daughter of William Deason, a surgeon of Stokesley, Yorkshire. She was subject to religious 'impressions' from an early age and was particularly affected by the death in 1795 of her cousin Miss Nelson from a putrid fever. Diana was educated in Durham and during a visit to Whitby heard Methodist preaching for the first time. From 1799 she attended services in the Stokesley chapel despite strong parental opposition. Her father died in April 1803 and later that year, Diana married the Wesleyan itinerant Marshall Claxton.

For the next thirteen years, Diana shared her husband's itinerant lifestyle despite recurrent bouts of poor health. She died on 9 April 1817.

Source: Arminian Magazine 1818, 915-925.

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