Furz, John
1717-1800; e.m. 1758

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Early itinerant, born in Wilton. After a lengthy period of searching, he was converted. Finding no spiritual help from the local dissenting meeting he began to preach and gained the support and encouragement of the Earl of Pembroke. Through an acquaintance with John Haime he travelled as far afield as Shaftesbury and Wincanton. About 1758 John Wesley encouraged him to become an itinerant, despite family commitments, and sent him into West Cornwall. He served in many circuits, especially in Lancashire and Cheshire, before retiring to the Salisbury Circuit in 1782. His closing years were marked by mental decay.

  • Charles Atmore, Methodist Memorial (1801) pp.148-54
  • Lives of the Early Methodist Preachers, 5 pp.108-34

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