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Thomas Westell (c.1719-94)

Thomas Westell was the son of Thomas Westell of Bristol. In 1734 he was apprenticed to a joiner and later worked as a cabinet maker and joiner. By 1786 he was living in the Stokes Croft area of Bristol and is referred to in Methodist membership records as a gentleman.

Westell was one of the original members of the Bristol Society founded in 1739. By 1741 Westell was employed as a preacher and in 1744 he attended the first Conference. Westell never formally joined the itinerancy but did travel for part of each year - in 1744 for example Charles Wesley refers to Westell being driven from Nottingham by the mob supported by the civil authorities.

Westell remained active in Methodism throughout his life. During his final years he was a member of Portland Street Chapel.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860 edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)

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