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John Bartlam (1767-1828)

John Bartlam of Madeley Wood in Shropshire was converted as a young man by the ministry of John and Mary Fletcher exercised in meetings at the Madeley Vicarage. His reading of the biography of the preacher John Nelson particularly influenced him and in 1782 he became a member of John Fletcher's class. After Fletcher's death in 1785 Rev. Joshua Gilpin of Wrockwardine took his place as class leader.

Bartlam married Elizabeth Nicholls in April 1789 and moved from Madeley to Madeley Wood. A short time later he was appointed class leader and retained this position until his death. Bartlam was also a local preacher and exercised this ministry until poor health forced him to desist in about 1819.

Bartlam worked as a coal miner and had a large family. He was often subject to the temptation to indulge in heavy drinking but was able to resist the same. During his last few years he suffered from what his obituary described as severe "asthma" but was probably an industrial-related chest disease. He died on 15th May 1828.

Source: Arminian Magazine 1828, pp.212-214

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