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Hannah Ball (1734-92)

Hannah Ball was born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, the daughter of a lace-maker. She was influenced by the printed sermons of the Methodist itinerant Thomas Walsh and was converted by John Wesley in 1765. She began to keep a diary the following year and this was published in 1796 as her memoirs.

Ball founded a Sunday school in 1769, which pre-dated the efforts of the more famous pioneer Robert Raikes. She was supported by the local Methodist preacher Samuel Wells. After her death, the school was run by her sister Ann.

Source:Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)

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