This website is a place to collect and share online the history of the nineteenth-century British Methodist movements that came together in 1907 to form the United Methodist Church. These were the Bible Christians (1815-1907), the Methodist New Connexion (1797-1907) and the United Methodist Free Churches (1857-1907). Here you can browse through our collection of research resources, photos, old documents and family memories. Find out more about us or get in touch.
Since researching Mary Ann Clifton Symons, I have found her in North Devon in 1841. She was listed as Simmons. She appears to have remained loyal to O’Bryan in 1829. I’ve also found one of her children’s Armenian baptisms. Daughter Mary Elizabeth Symons was baptized by Armenian minister William Rodd in 1834. William Rod’s Armenian baptisms were transcribed into the Shebbear B.C. register a couple of years after unification. In 1851 Mary Ann and her family were in Monmouthshire, not far from where Mary Ann Werry was at the time. Mary Ann Clifton died at Newport Wales in 1853.
My great grandfather, Revd Thomas Langdon Rogers trained at Shebbear and was ordained as a Bible Christian Minister in 1905. 100 years before I was ordained as a presbyter. He served across the south of England, Bristol, Portland, twice at Christin Fitzpaine and South Wales. He is buried in Cheriton Chapel burial ground.
My great-great grandfather was baptized in a Bible Christian church in Michaelstow Circuit, Cornwall. I believe it was called Zoar Chapel? Does that building still exist and do you know where it is located? Thank you.