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Wesley, Charles

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Born: 1707 AD
Died: 1788 AD, at 80 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Composers, Musicians, Songwriter, Writers

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1707 - Charles Wesley, born on the 18th of December in Epworth, Lincolnshire, England, where their father was bishop. He was a leader of the Methodist movement, the younger brother of John Wesley. He is chiefly remembered for the many hymns he wrote.

1729 - He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church College, Oxford, where his brother had also studied, and formed the "Oxford Methodist" group among his fellow students.

1735 - He followed his father and brother into the church, and travelled with John to Georgia in America in the entourage of the governor, James Oglethorpe, returning a year later.

1749 - He married the much younger Sarah Gwynne, daughter of Marmaduke Gwynne, a wealthy Welsh squire who had been converted to Methodism by Howell Harris.

1788 - Died on the 29th of March.

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