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John Nelson (1758-1826)

John Nelson was born in Birstal, Yorkshire. Nelson was a grandson of the famous Yorkshire itinerant of the same name and from his earliest years had strong religious sensibilities. Nelson's grandmother was a particular influence on the young boy and he felt a strong conviction of sin from the age of seven.

Nelson was fully converted at the age of nineteen under the ministry of the Wesleyan itinerant Joseph Benson. He entered the itinerancy in 1789 and exercised a circuit ministry in England and Scotland until superannuation due to failing health in 1825. He settled in Sheffield but his condition rapidly worsened and he died on 26 July 1826.

Source: Hill's Arrangement 1819, Conference Minutes 1826 and MAM Fl. 5/9/4 (MARC)

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