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Mary Crowther (1773-1869)

Mary Crowther was born in the Vale of Clwyd, the daughter of Thomas Jones. Her father died while Mary was less than a year old and the family moved to Bristol after her mother re-married.

Mary's uncle was the Anglican rector of St Asaph and she was raised in the Established Church. She began attending services at Bristol's Broadmead Chapel despite some family opposition and was finally converted under the influence of the Wesleyan minister Richard Rodda. In September 1790 she received her first membership ticket from John Wesley, a fact she was proud to point out in later life.

In 1795 (not 1790 as noted in her obituary) she married the prominent Wesleyan minister Jonathan Crowther and the couple went on to have eleven children, one of whom also entered the ministry.

After her husband's death in 1824, Mary resided for many years in Manchester and served as a class leader at Irwell Street Chapel, which office she was to hold until she was ninety years of age.

Source: Methodist Magazine 1869,pp.572-573, and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995) - entry for Jonathan Crowther

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