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Jabez Rought (1813-1889)

Jabez Rought was a son of the Wesleyan itinerant Thomas Rought. He was born at Kendal in 1813 and as a boy resisted the religious influence of his family. Rought was converted at the age of 19 and entered the Wesleyan ministry in 1835. His first circuit appointment was Madeley and it was largely under Rought's influence that a great revival broke out there between 1835 and 1837. Among the Madeley converts of that period was the prominent Wesleyan minister George Thomas Perks.

Rought exercised an active circuit ministry in England and Wales until 1878 when failing health forced him to superannuate. He retired to Hammersmith in London and then in 1888 moved to Leicester where he died on 6 March 1889.

Source: Conference Minutes 1889 and Hill's Arrangement 1887

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