Books and Articles

FInd out more about the rise and spread of Methodism with these BC reference works

Andrews, J.H.B. ‘The Rise of the Bible Christians, and the State of the Church in North Devon in the early 19th century’ in Transactions of the Devonshire Association 96, (1964)

Barry, Jonathan ‘Religion and the Spread of Nonconformity before 1800’ in Historical Atlas of South-West England, eds. Kain, R. and Ravenhill, W., University of Exeter Press, Exeter (1999)

Bourne, F.W. The Bible Christians: their origins and history 1815-1900 2nd edition Tentmaker Publications, Stoke on Trent (2004)

Bourne, F.W. The Centenary Life of James Thorne of Shebbear  Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. (1895)

Brown G. The lady preacher: The life and labors of Mrs. Hannah Reeves, late the wife of the Rev. Wm. Reeves, D.D. of the Methodist church Philadelphia, Daughaday & Becker; Methodist Pub. House, Springfield,
Ohio. (1870)

Church L.F. More About the Early Methodist People Epworth Press. London (1949)

Coleman, Bruce ‘The Nineteenth Century: non-conformity’ in Orme, Nicholas Unity and Variety: a history of the church in Devon and Cornwall Exeter University Press, Exeter (1991)

Coleman, Bruce ‘Religion and Religious Institutions: religious worship in 1851’ in Historical Atlas of South-West England, eds. Kain, R. and Ravenhill, W. University of Exeter Press, Exeter (1999)

Deacon L. So I Went My Way: William Mason & His Wife Mary 1790-1873 Epworth Press, London (1951)

Few, Janet Faith, Fish, Farm or Family? The impact of kinship links and communities on migration choices and residential persistence in North Devon Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Exeter (2009) [N.B. this takes some time to download].

Few, Janet ‘Uproar and Disorder?: the impact of Bible Christianity on the communities of nineteenth century North Devon’ in Family and Community History Journal Volume 12 No. 1 (May 2009)

Freeman, Ann Mason A Memoir of the Life and Ministry of Ann Freeman, written by herself and an account of her death by her husband Henry Freeman N. Towle, Exeter (1831)

Greenhill, Basil and Giffard, Ann Westcountrymen in Prince Edward Isle: a fragment of the great migration Toronto University Press 2nd edition (1975)

Hancock, W Gordon Soe Longe as there Comes Noe Women origins of English settlement in Newfoundland Global Heritage Press (2003)

Hayman, John Gould A History of Methodism in North Devon 1739 to 1898 Wesleyan Methodist Book Room (1898) available on CD from Devon Family History Society

Hoffman, Frances and Taylor, Ryan Across the Waters: Ontario immigrants’ experiences 1820-1850 Global Heritage Press (1999)

Leetooze, Sherrell Branton Bible Christian Chapels of the Canadian Conference Lynn Michael-John Associates (2005)

Leetooze, Sherrell Branton A Corner for the Preacher Lynn Michael-John Associates (2005)

Leetooze, Sherrell Branton The Damascus Road: the Bible Christian preachers of the Canadian Conference 1832-1884 Lynn Michael-John Associates (2005)

McKenzie DA. More Notices from Ontario’s Methodist Papers. 1858 to 1872. Volume
6. Global Heritage Press. Milton, ON. (2007) Available through GlobalGenealogy.com

McKenzie DA. More Obituaries from Ontario’s Methodist Papers. 1873 to 1884.
Volume 9. Global Heritage Press. Milton, ON (2007) Available through GlobalGenealogy.com

McKenzie DA. Obituaries from the Christian Guardian. July 1884 to Dec., 1890. Volume 10. Global Heritage Press. Milton, ON (2005) Available through GlobalGenealogy.com

Muir, E.G. Petticoats in the Pulpit: The Story of Early Nineteenth-Century Methodist Women Preachers in Upper Canada The United Church Publishing House, Toronto (1991)

Pyke, Richard The Early Bible Christians Epworth Press (1941)

Pyke, Richard The Golden Chain Henry Books, London (1915)

Shaw, Thomas The Bible Christians 1815-1907 Epworth Press, London (1965)

Shaw, Thomas and Short, Colin Feet of Clay: the life and ministry of William O’Bryan founder of the Bible Christians Colin Short (2007)

Thorne, James James Thorne of Shebbear a Memoir compiled from his diary and letters by his son Bible Christian Bookroon (1873)

Thorne, James; Kinsman, Richard K; Robins Matthew and Prior, J. H. A Jubilee Memorial of Incidents in the Rise and Progress of the Bible Christian Connexion James Thorne (1865)

Thorne, Roger ‘The Last Bible Christians: their church in Devon in 1907’ in Transactions of the Devonshire Association 197 (1975)

Thorne, Roger ‘”Our Providential Way”: a bibliography of the history of dissent in Devon’ in Transactions of the Devonshire Association 127 (1995)

Thorne S.L. The Maiden Preacher  S.W. Partridge & Co. London (1889)

Thorne, S.L. William O’Bryan Founder of the Bible Christians: the man and his work S. L. Thorne (1888)

Walsh, John ‘Methodism and the Mob in the Eighteenth Century’ in Cuming, G.J. and Baker, Derek (eds.), Studies in Church History Vol. 8 Cambridge University Press (1972) pp 213-227.

Wickes, Michael J.L. (ed.) Devon in the Religious Census of 1851 Michael Wickes, Appledore (1990)

Wickes, Michael J.L. The Westcountry Preachers: a history of the Bible Christians 1815-1907 Michael Wickes, Hartland (1987)

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Comments about this page

  • Additional books to add to the list:

    Bourne, F. W. The King’s Son: or, A Memoir of Billy Bray. Compiled Chiefly from his Own Memoranda. Bible Christian Book-Room. London (1871)

    Court, Lewis H. The Romance of a Country Circuit. Sketches of Village Methodism. Henry Hooks. London (1921).

    By James Bowen (25/06/2017)
  • FW Bourne’s book, The Bible Christians, is available as a digital download: from Amazon UK

    By John Vickers (23/11/2015)
  • In addition to Jennifer Lloyd’s book, further work regarding the Female Itinerant Preachers of the Bible Christian Connexion can be found in the following texts:

    Valenze, Deborah M. Prophetic Sons and Daughters. Princeton University Press. Princeton, NJ (1985).

    Field-Bibb, Jacqueline. Women Towards Priesthood. Ministerial Politics and Feminist Praxis. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge, UK (1991).

    By James Bowen (01/11/2015)
  • Also very useful in its coverage of Bible Christian women is Lloyd Jennifer M, ‘Women and the Shaping of British Methodism: Persistent Preachers, 1807-1907’, Manchester University Press (2010)

    By Tim Woolley (22/10/2015)
  • Colin Short should include his own books:
    Durham Colliers and West Country Methodists: the story of the Bible Christian Mission in County Durham (1995) has a section on BC expansion.
    O’Bryan’s Hymns: A New Look at the 1824 Bible Christian Hymn-book and its later revisions Oxford: WHS Publications 2006)
    For BC Ministers see Oliver A Beckerlegge United Methodist Ministers and their Circuits London Epworth 1968 gives a complete list of ministers and their circuits.

    By John Lenton (17/09/2015)
  • A helpful list. I would have expected Billy Bray [possibly somewhere else]
    I can add; Pyke, Rev. Richard, The Story of Shebbear College, 100pp, 1953.
    There are items in the Proceeding of the Wesley Historical Society which can be accessed online including the following [I hope I have the refs right]:

    Beckerlegge, Oliver A., ‘The Northern Bible Christians’, Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society, Volume XXXI, June 1957, pp 39-43.
    Beckerlegge, Oliver A., ‘The Rule of William O’Bryan’, Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society, Volume XXXIII, June 1961, pp 30-35.
    Beckerlegge, Oliver A., ‘The First Bible Christian Hymn-Book’, Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society, Volume XXXIV, June 1963, pp 34-36.
    Shaw, Thomas, ‘The Historians of the Bible Christians’, Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society, Volume XXXV, June 1965, 39-41.
    Beckerlegge, Oliver A., ‘The Bibliography of the Bible Christians’, Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society, Volume XXXV, pp 45-50, 74-76, 100-104, 128-29.
    Beckerlegge, Oliver A., ‘The Bibliography of the Bible Christians; A Supplement’ (continued)’, Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society, Volume XXXVII, June 1969, pp 48-49.

    By W. John Young (23/05/2015)
  • James Thorne of Shebbear: a memoir compiled from his diary and letters by his son.
    London: Bible Christian Bookroom, 1873

    is also available online, by following this link

    http://hdl.handle.net/2027/wu.89061874574

    By Philip Thornborow (20/04/2015)
  • Thorne, James; Kinsman, Richard K; Robins Matthew and Prior, J. H. A Jubilee Memorial of Incidents in the Rise and Progress of the Bible Christian Connexion James Thorne (1865)
    A digital copy of this text has just recently been made available through the hard work and effort of the staff of the Victoria University Library (Toronto) and can be accessed through their Library & Archives Digital Collections:
    http://meta.library.vicu.utoronto.ca/RS/?r=4859

    By James Bowen (17/04/2015)

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