Susannah  (Annesley) Wesley

Susannah (Annesley) Wesley (abt. 1669 - abt. 1742)

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Susannah Wesley formerly Annesley
Born about in London, Englandmap
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  • daughter of Samuel Annesley & his second wife[1]
  • 12 Nov 1688 m. Samuel Wesley[1]
  • 19 children, 10 survived infancy[1]
  • did not believe King William was the legitimate king of England, which caused a dispute with her husband as he was an "ardent supporter" of the king.[1]
  • children: Samuel, Hetty, John, Molly, Nancy, Patty, Charles, Emily, Sukey, Kezia
  • had a brother the went to India (Greetham, p15)

It was said of Susanna that she was both "beautiful and accomplished, a woman of rare judgement and sterling piety." She was the mother of 19 children, only 10 of which reached maturity. Her son John Wesley is well known as a founder of the Methodist Church. He said of his mother that she would retire everyday for one hour of prayer and meditation from age 17-72.

  • lived with her children's families after Samuel's death, beginning with Emily at her school in Gainsborough and ending with John[1]

Susanna Wesley had a strong influence over her many children. On several occasions her husband was absent. Susanna made sure that she spent time separately with of her children each day, taking care of their spiritual and moral development. It is appropriate that she has been called the mother of Methodism, because of her undoubted positive spiritual influence, in particular, on her sons John and Charles.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Greetham, Mary. "Susanna Wesley Mother of Methodism." Foundery Press, Great Britain, 1988.
  • Booklet "Epworth" by W. Le Cato Edwards
  • Susanna Wesley
  • Susanna Wesley Mother of Methodism
  • Charles Wallace, jun., ‘Wesley , Susanna (1669–1742)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2010 accessed 5 May 2017. This is a subscription site but access is free to readers of British libraries whose library subscribes.


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On 5 Nov 2017 at 18:17 GMT Christopher Decker wrote:

Annesley-158 and Annesley-91 appear to represent the same person because: They are the same person.

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