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George Shadford (1739-1816)

George Shadford was born at Scotter in Lincolnshire, the son of a shopkeeper. As a young man he enlisted in the militia and served in Ireland. After his discharge, he was converted at a Methodist service in 1762 and commenced preaching in the Epworth Circuit shortly after. John Wesley invited him to join the itinerancy in 1768 and in 1772 at the Leeds Conference Shadford volunteered for service in America.

Shadford travelled widely as a preacher through the American colonies but returned to England when the War of Independence began.

He was greatly admired by John Wesley and was named on the Deed of Declaration. Shadford superannuated in 1791 and lived the rest of his life in Frome, Somerset.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography edited by Donald Lewis (1995)

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