What famous, interesting or Puzzling religious figures do you have in your tree?

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I have quite a number of major or minor churchmen (and at least one woman) in my lines, even in my direct ancestry.  Mostly they are protestant particularly Lutheran (I have mostly germantic  ancestors on my father's side.)  I know that Ancestry.com has entered a lot of church records recently and I expect I'll find a lot of material there.  What about you?
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Quite a few. The Sprys, Bromfield and Stocks have lines of Anglican ministers: 

Rev. John Bromfield Born March 24, 1675 father of

Rev. John Trenchard Bromfield Born January 10, 1710, father of Harriett Bromfield, who married

Rt. Rev. Benjamin Spry Born November 13, 1741 

He matriculated at Merton College, Oxon., 21 January 1757 (30. Geo II), and was in that year elected Postmaster. In 1760 he graduated BA, and MA 1763: in 1761 he became a Fellow of Merton. In 1769, Dr Spry of Barbados, writing to his eldest brother mentions the fact that Benjamin had made a voyage to the West Indies. What the object of this voyage was, and in what capacity he made it, we have been quite unable to ascertain. He was clearly in Orders at that period as his name appears in the Registers of Braughing, Co Herts. where he describes himself as 'Curate'. In 1773 Mr Spry was presented to Winfrith Newburgh, St Christopher Vicarage, Co Dorset, and in December of the same year, was appointed by his Uncle Hume, Bishop of Salisbury to the Prebend of Warminster. On 8th December 1774 the Bishop transferred Mr Spry from the Prebend of Warminster to that of King's Teignton (or Teignton Regis) the most valuable Prebend in Salisbury, known as "The Golden Prebend". With it went the patronage of the important livings of Kings Teignton near Teignmouth and Gealmton near Plymouth. Mr Spry resigned the living of Winfrith in 1775 on his appointment by his brother Rev Dr James Hume Spry, Prebendary of St John the Baptist, Bedminster to that Vicarage with the Chapels of Abbots Leigh, St Mary Redcliffe and St Thomas, all in Bristol, which he held for thirty one years.

Mr Spry died at 'Brighthelmstone', 1st October 1806, in his 65th year. His remains were interred under the altar of the Chruch of St Mary, Redcliffe, but at the restoration of the Chancel we are informed that they, with those of other vicars, were transferred to a chapel towards the Westend where is a slab of marble bearing this inscription:-


But the best one is my ancestor's brother, Rev Thomas Stock (Wikipedia has his parentage wrong!) who, with Robert Raikes, opened the first Sunday School, to educate the factory children of England: Be it remembered that in the chancel of this Church The Reverend Thomas Stock, Curate of this Parish, in the year 1777 opened a Sunday School. This later became the first of its kind in England to be housed outside the Church in a building of its own : still to be seen near the present Church School and showing a representation of Stock surrounded by eager Ashbury children "hanging on his lips". Indeed, Ashbury can claim a unique association with the growth of free education in this country—as well as the historic importance of its church and its famous prehistoric remains. THE Rev. THOMAS STOCK, M.A.

by Susan Scarcella G2G6 Mach 8 (81.6k points)
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My husband's father was at one time vicar of Warminster so the place 'jumped' out at me. (don't think that the prebendary and living are quite the same thing though)

Have you looked at the C of E Clerical data base? It's not completely comprehensive (depends on records from diocese and how far they have got in transcribing them.)

I did a search  for 'your clergy' and they all seem to have some records that might be helpful. I had a quick look at  what seems to be 'your' Thomas Stock. Obviously your research and that of whoever wrote the wiki article differ http://db.theclergydatabase.org.uk/jsp/search/index.jsp   gives the same info on education and father as the Wikipedia article. It  doesn't have his first curacy (different diocese?) It includes his  later appointments, The ordination record has  baptismal info. "Baptised St Mary de Crypt, Gloucester 18/10/1750 "  I think Ancestry UK has Gloucester parish records.


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I have a few! My favorite has got to be the Publick Universal Friend, Jemima Wilkinson, http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Wilkinson-3708. She's a second cousin 8x removed, but I don't have my connection to her on WikiTree yet.
by Sandi Wiggins G2G6 Mach 7 (71.8k points)
So is that a combination of Universalist and Friends?  A lot of my relatives are buried in the Jersey Universalist Cemetery in Jersey Township, Licking County Ohio.  Most of my ancestorial  lines on my mother's side moved from New Jersey to Washington County, Pennsylvania to Monroe, Licking, Ohio and then a number of them moved to the next township south, Jersey Township.
She has her own brand of Quakerism and band of followers. Jemima kind of did her own thing.
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I have two Wm (Breeden/Bredon)s in the West Virginia area where a Wm Breeden/Bredon was conducting marriages. I have not been able to make or eliminate a connection.
by James Applegate G2G6 Mach 5 (58.2k points)
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The only one I can think of in my research is my spouse's Nth cousin N-times removed Blackleach Burritt

by Rob Ton G2G6 Pilot (297k points)
Interesting name & fascinating profile!
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My direct Lawry line were among the founders of the Wesleyan movement in Cornwall, and bought that movement here to NZ and also to Australia. Lots of preachers in that line - hard core religious folk! A smidge further back on that line we have Cornish Quakers.
by Living Blacklock G2G6 Mach 3 (30.4k points)

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