Alexander Coates (d.1765)
Alexander Coates was born either in the North of England or Scotland and was converted in early life. He entered the itinerancy in 1741 and exercised an extensive travelling ministry, the details of which remain obscure until his appointment to Haworth in 1757. He was a correspondent of John Wesley and is said to have been the means of the conversion of the prominent Anglican evangelical John Crosse, who later served as minister of Bradford in Yorkshire.
In 1764 Coates was stationed in the Newcastle Circuit and he died there a year later. His age at death is unrecorded although he is described as being the oldest Methodist preacher at that time.
Coates was a highly effective evangelist and was described by the Newcastle layman William Smith as being an 'extraordinary preacher'
Source: An Alphabetical Arrangement of Wesleyan Methodist Ministers...1739-1818, compiled by Kenneth Garlick, The Orphan House of Wesley (1863), pp.112-113, by William Stamp, Methodist Heroes in the Great Haworth Round 1734-84 (1909), pp.174-175, by J. W. Laycock, and Fletcher-Tooth collection (MARC)