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William Beal (1785-1872)

William Beal was born in Devonport into a religious family. He was converted at the age of seventeen and was appointed by Dr Thomas Coke to look after a class at Liskeard Sunday School. Beal then became a local preacher and entered the ministry in 1808. His circuit ministry lasted until superannuation in 1848. During the early part of his career, he suffered hardship and persecution as a home missionary in Devon.

Beal retired first to Liskeard and then Exeter and Devonport before returning to Liskeard. He lost his hearing some time before he died.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1872 and Hill's Arrangement 1868

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