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Sir Abraham Elton (1755-1842)

Sir Abraham Elton was born in Bristol, the son of Sir Abraham Isaac Elton of Clevedon Court, Somerset. He was educated at Eton, Queen's College Oxford and Christ's College Cambridge. He studied law and succeeded to his father's baronetcy in 1790. Elton was ordained in 1783 and served as curate to the evangelical Thomas Robinson of Leicester. He was later appointed lecturer at West Bromwich in Staffordshire.

In addition to his clerical duties, Elton, in accordance with his background and position as a wealthy mine owner, played a role in secular affairs, serving as chairman of the Somerset Quarter Sessions. Elton was involved in the Blagdon controversy of 1800.

Elton's first wife was a daughter of Sir John Durbin, a wealthy merchant and Mayor of Bristol. Sir John was probaly related to Henry Durbin of Bristol (possibly his brother?), a prominent lay-Methodist and associate of the Wesleys.

Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)

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