John Sumner (1790-1837)
John Sumner was converted at the age of seventeen and entered the Wesleyan itinerancy in 1811. His circuit ministry of twenty-six years was spent in England.
Sumner's last circuit appointment was Rochdale and it is stated in the Conference Minutes, that the 'vexatious annoyances and harassing duties' which he experienced there, hastened his early death.
Source: Hill's Arrangement 1833 and Minutes of Conference 1837