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A Memoir of the Life and Ministry of Ann Freeman:

written by herself and an account of her death by her husband Henry Freeman

by

Ann Mason Freeman

Exeter, New Hampshire: N. Towle, (1831), pp. xii, 14-216.

Prepared by Michael Steer

The Bible Christian movement was a reaction to an environment of poverty and religious hypocrisy in a remote and rural area of North Devonshire at a time of strong religious revivalism across the south west of England. Although the movement was founded in Devonshire, it was conceived in Cornwall and there was a significant following there. In the 92 years of its existence, its influence spread far beyond its roots in the rural community of Shebbear. While the movement was strongest in Devonshire, Cornwall and in parts of Somerset and Dorset, there were circuits across England and Wales. Missionaries went to Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, New Zealand and the United States. Ann Freeman (1797-1826) was born at Horathorne in North Lew, as the fourth child of William Mason, a farmer. Despite initial opposition from her family, she joined the Arminian Bible Christians (Bryanites) and became a class leader. She visited London in 1823 and there met Henry Freeman, a fellow-Bryanite. Her book provides vivid insights into the emotional fervour and intensity of conviction that characterised early Methodist preachers in Devon. Henry Freeman and Anne Mason were married after leaving the Bible Christians to eventually become Quakers. The author, from page 113 presents a series of letters from Ann Freeman to relatives and friends. This rare and much sought-after book was produced digitally by Google from a copy in the New York Public Library collection and can be downloaded from HathiTrust. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

 
  Page
A  
Adams, M 45
Allen, William xi, 155
B  
Barrett, Grace x, 48, 125
Barrett, Mary 48
Bickle, Patience xi, 59, 63, 66, 172
Birt, friend 203
Bramwell, William 41
Brooks, J 28, 81, 83
Brownlow, J 99-100, 200
C  
Cottle, Mary (also Cottel) x- xi, 21, 24, 78, 122, 163, 186
Courtice, C xi, 130, 199
Courtice, G xi, 130, 199
D  
Dandy, T 89, 92, 95, 194
F  
Fox, George 66
Freeman, Ann 186, 188-96, 198-9, 201-5, 214
Freeman, Henry i, ix, xii, 50-1, 58, 60-1, 64, 68, 70, 74-5, 77-80, 98-101, 115, 165-6, 168-9, 174. 189-90, 198, 205, 214, 216
Freeman, Mary xii, 104-6, 204
Fulton, Robert 215
H  
Hamilton, Dr 55
Harrington, Marianne 63
J  
Jackson, A 99, 200
K  
Keegan, Mary 84, 89-90, 215
Keegan, William 216
L  
Lawry, William xi, 74, 162
Lyle, brother 136
M  
Major, Harry x- xi, 124, 150
Mason, Ann 117, 120-6, 128-9, 131-2, 134, 136, 139-41, 145, 147, 149-56, 158, 160-3, 165, 167-8, 171-3, 175-9, 181-4
Mason, Grace 13, 126
Mason, John xi, 183, 202
Mason, Margaret x- xi, 127, 154, 156-7, 181
Mason, Mary x-xi, 15, 18-9, 35-6, 120, 134, 145, 157, 161, 173, 183, 198, 204
Mason, Samuel xi, 145, 175, 198
Mason, William xi, 13, 126, 150, 157
Millar, R 54, 60, 64
More, Captain 96
Mountcastle, Sarah xi-xii, 177, 179, 188, 194
N  
Newcombe, William 203-4
O  
O'Bryan, Catherine xi, 153, 167, 169
O'Bryan, William x- xi, 33-4, 36, 47-9, 69, 71, 76, 121, 139, 154, 167, 169, 204
Oliver, Mary xi
Oliver, Thomas xi
R  
Reed, Catherine xi, 22, 39, 53, 133, 184
Reed, G xi, 132
Reed, William xi, 27, 37, 43, 132
Renty, Monsieur de 43
Runting, Elizabeth xii, 63, 75, 195
S  
Shepard, L F i
Slone, J 200
Smith, J 89, 99
T  
Thorne, C xi, 158, 160, 169
Thorne, James xi, 17, 34, 53, 64, 69, 158, 169-70
Thorne, Mary 24
Thorne, Samuel xi, 136
Towle, Nancy i
Trick, E 34
W  
Wesley, John 34
Willis, Sarah 52
X  
Xavier, Francis 72