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Mary Norman (1695-1779)

Mary Norman was born probably in Bristol into a prosperous family called Oxford. At the age of 21 she was married to John Norman, a wealthy brick-maker. The couple had one child.

Norman and her husband were among the first Bristol Methodists and entertained Wesley and Whitefield at their home. When Wesley was refused access to the pulpits of Bristol's Anglican churches, he preached on a plot of land belonging to Mr Norman.

When her husband died in 1744, Norman was left virtually destitute. From 1749, she lived with the family of the wealthy Methodist James Ireland of Brislington Hall.

Source: Arminian Magazine 1789, 240-245 and Samuel Rogal, A Biographical Dictionary of 18th century Methodism.

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