James Odgers (1773-1855)
James Odgers was born in Camborne, Cornwall. He was converted in 1795 under the ministry of Joseph Benson and acted as a local preacher in the Redruth Circuit. He was introduced to Dr Thomas Coke who tried to persuade him to become a missionary, but he was compelled by his family commitments to decline.
Odgers entered the Wesleyan itinerancy in 1808 and exercised an active circuit ministry in England until 1833 when he superannuated. In 1835 he settled at Exeter where he spent the remainder of his life.
Source: Hill's Arrangement 1853 and Minutes of Conference 1856