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Benjamin Longmore (1779-1826)

Benjamin Longmore was born at Coalbrookdale in Shropshire.

His parents were converted through the ministry of John Fletcher and joined the Methodist Society. Benjamin himself was converted in 1799 after hearing a sermon preached at Madeley by Dr Thomas Coke. At about the same time he began to attend the Sunday morning meetings led by the famous female evangelist Mary Fletcher, widow of John Fletcher.

From 1804 he was employed as a commercial traveller by the Coalbrookdale Company and remained with them for the rest of his life. He married Miss Lacon, a trademan's daughter, in Oswestry in 1812. Benjamin was appointed a class leader in 1816 or 1817

He fell ill in November 1826 and was forced to cut short a business trip to Abergavenny and return home. He was diganosed as having typhoid and died on December 10. His widow and two daughters subsquently moved back to her hometown of Oswestry.

Source: Arminian Magazine 1828, 578-585 and Fletcher-Tooth collection (MARC)

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