Sarah Ryan (1724-68)
Sarah Ryan was born into a poor family, and was converted by George Whitefield at the age of seventeen. She joined the Society at the Foundery and became one of John Wesley's most intimate female friends, much to the annoyance of his wife. From 1757 to 1761 she was Wesley's housekeeper in Bristol. Ryan later joined with her close friend the preacher Mary Bosanquet in founding an orphanage at Leytonstone. She died soon afer the community was moved to Cross Hall near Leeds, Yorkshire.
Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)