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James Oddy (c.1730-90)

James Oddy entered the itinerancy in 1751 although throughout his service he maintained other business interests. After working principally in Yorkshire and the Northeast, he retired from the work in 1771 to engage in trade. Oddy married twice; his first wife died in 1782 and his second marriage ended in separation in 1785.

Oddy continued to serve as a supernumary at Yarm. He was involved with John Atlay in his dispute with Wesley over Dewsbury Chapel and worked alongside Atlay in West Yorkshire in 1789.

Oddy was a preacher of ability and was described by John Pawson as a man of 'remarkably deep understanding and sound judgement'.

Source: MAM PLP 3.23/3 (MARC), A List of Methodist Preachers (Bristol 1801) by William Myles, A Biographical Dictionary of 18th Century Methodism by Samuel Rogal (Lewston, New York 1991) and The Life and Times of John Wesley, volume III, by Luke Tyerman (London 1890), 420.

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