John Gill (1779-1836)
John Gill was born at Hartlebury in Worcestershire, the youngest of twelve children. He was raised in the Church of England.
Gill was apprenticed at the age of fourteen after his father's death and entered into business for himself at the age of twenty shortly after marriage.
He started to attend Methodist worship and was particularly influenced by the works of Fletcher, Wesley and the biography of the itinerant John Nelson.
Gill was accepted into the society and then moved to Stourport where he was appointed a class leader in 1811.
In 1815, Gill moved to Birmingham and died after a short illness on November 8 1836.
His obituary states that Gill had a particular interest in astonomy.
Source: Methodist Magazine 1839, 697-700