Person:Francis Asbury (4)

Bishop Francis Asbury
b.20 August 1745 Staffordshire, England
d.31 March 1816
m. abt. 1744
  1. Bishop Francis Asbury1745 - 1816
  2. Sarah Asburyabt 1747 -
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Name Bishop Francis Asbury
Gender Male
Birth[1] 20 August 1745 Staffordshire, EnglandHamstead Bridge
Death[1] 31 March 1816
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Wikipedia:Francis Asbury
Source:Asbury, 1821


Francis Asbury (August 20, 1745 – March 31, 1816) was one of the first two bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States.

Born at Hamstead Bridge, Staffordshire, England of Methodist parents, Asbury became a local preacher at eighteen and was ordained at age twenty-two. His boyhood home still stands and is open as a museum in West Bromwich, England. In 1771 he volunteered to travel to America. When the American War of Independence broke out in 1776 he was the only Methodist minister to remain in America.

In 1784 John Wesley named Asbury and Thomas Coke as co-superintendents of the work in America. This marks the beginning of the "Methodist Episcopal Church of the USA". For the next thirty-two years, Asbury led all the Methodists in America. Like Wesley, Asbury preached in all sorts of places: courthouses, public houses, tobacco houses, fields, public squares, wherever a crowd assembled to hear him. For the remainder of his life he rode an average of 6000 miles each year, preaching virtually every day and conducting meetings and conferences. Under his direction the church grew from 1,200 to 214,000 members and 700 ordained preachers.

In Southwest Virginia

Reverend Asbury passed through Southwest Virginia several times in the course of his long career. In his journal he makes mention of numerous individuals and events in the area, sometimes complimentary, sometimes not, but always informative.

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