Sampson Staniforth (1720-99)
Sampson Staniforth was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, son of a cutler. He was apprenticed to a baker before joining the army. Staniforth saw service at the battle of Fountenoy in 1745.
Staniforth was converted during his army service and after his discharge settled in the Deptford area of London where he prospered in business. He never formally entered the itinerancy but preached widely throughout the capital and was instrumental in the founding of chapels in Rotherhithe and Deptford.
Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860 edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)