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Sophia Hopkey (fl.1735)

Sophia Hopkey was the ward of the chief magistrate of Savannah, Georgia, and enjoyed a close relationship with John Wesley, which on his part resulted in serious consideration of marriage.

The relationship cooled and she married someone else without going through the formality of having the bans read in church. John Wesley thereupon refused her the sacraments, causing a major uproar in the colony. The dispute was instrumental in Wesley's decision to return to England.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974)

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