Etheridge, Dr John Wesley
1804-66; e.m. 1827

WM minister, born at Youngwoods farm, near Newport, IOW on 24 February 1804. Accepted for the ministry in 1827, he found himself standing in for Joseph Beaumont, who was ill. His own poor health forced him to spend a period as supernumerary in 1838 and from 1843 to 1845 he lived in Paris, then Boulogne, where he became pastor of the English Methodist Church. Returning to English circuit work in 1846, he served mainly in Cornwall, to whose people he was devoted. A lifelong student, he had a flair for languages, especially Hebrew and Syriac, and Heidelberg awarded him a doctorate in 1847 for his work in Semitic Studies. His writings include lives of Adam Clarke (1858) and Thomas Coke (1860). A life of John Fletcher remained unpublished at his death, which took place at Camborne on 24 May 1866.

  • Josiah Harris, A Tear and a Floweret (Truro, 1871)
  • T. Smith, Memoirs of the Rev. John Wesley Etheridge (1871)
  • Oxford DNB