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Society for Promoting Religious Knowledge among the Poor

The Society was established in 1750 to provide Bibles, Testaments and other good books where most needed

The Society was founded by a group of London based dissenters, led by Benjamin Forfitt (-1773), who had been sending Bibles to Philip Doddridge (1702-1751) in the year before. Thomas Gibbons (1720-1785) hosted their first meeting and became a keen supporter.

Although their origins were in the dissenting community, their membership was interdenominational and included many from the Evangelical wing of the Church of England. [1]

Their annual reports included lists of their supporters, many of whom were from well established nonconformist families. The names (and occasionally addresses) of supporters were published in their reports and 23 individuals have been identified and linked to profiles (May 2021). WikiTree Profiles that use this source can be seen here.

Aim of this page

To collect together the the details of the supporters of the Society, and therefore some of the key nonconformist families in England. All the identified supporters appear to be nonconformists.

1763 report

The report was published in 1763, with lists of the subscribers including the dates they began their annual subscriptions. The book is available from Google Books for download [2]. The names below are those which have been identified, and new names will be transcribed as they are identified.

Year Surname First name Wikitree Profile Address Notes Page
1760 Addington Rev Ste. Stephen Addington DD (1729-1796) Harborough, Leicestershire 7
1760 Angus Rev John John Angus (abt.1724-abt.1801) Bishop Stortford, Essex 7
1755 Ashworth Rev Caleb Caleb Ashworth (abt.1722-abt.1775) Daventry, Northamptonshire 7
1762 Barnard Edward Edward Barnard Also listed in 1779 report 9
1762 Boosey Rev. John John Boosey Wetherfield, Essex 9
1751 Brewer Rev. Samuel Samuel Brewery Mile End 7
1751 Conder Rev Dr John John Conder D.D. (1714-1781) Mile End 9
1760 Evans Rev Caleb Caleb Evans (1737-1791) Bristol 11
1752 Field John 11
1754 Field Thomas Thomas Field Also listed in 1779 report 11
1756 Fuller William William Fuller 11
1759 Fuller Thomas Thomas Fuller Also listed in 1779 report 11
1750 Gibbons Thomas Thomas Gibbons Hoxton Founder member, listed in 1779 report 12
1763 Huntingdon, Right Honorable Lady 13
1760 Lister Rev William William Lister (abt.1717-abt.1778) Ware, Hertfordshire 15
1759 Rivers David David Rivers 18
1754 Rutt Henry Henry Rutt 17
1754 Rutt George 17
1760 Rutt Thomas 18
1760 Rutt George, Jun George Rutt Also in the 1779 report 18
1758 Ryland Rev. John John Collett Ryland Northampton 18
1761 Savage Rev. Samuel Morton Samuel Morton Savage (abt.1721-abt.1791) 19
1751 Stennett Rev Samuel Samuel Stennett (abt.1727-abt.1795) also on page 6, at Hatton Garden 18
1761 Symons Allyn Allyn Simmons 19
1752 Towle Rev Thomas Thomas Towle (abt.1724-1806) Stoke Newington also on page 20 19
1755 Wallman Mrs Witham Essex poss relative of Elizabeth (Wallman) Pattisson 21
1752 Wellings Thomas poss relation of John Wellings, both are listed in 1779 report 20
1757 Whitefield Rev George 21

1779 report

The report published in 1779 is available for download from Google Books and contains names and addresses of about 350 supporters. [3]. The names below are those which have been identified, and new names will be transcribed as they are identified.

The list of Subscribers includes the date they began their support, their names and address, split over a number of pages

Year Surname First name Wikitree Profile Address Notes Page
1760 Angus Rev John John Angus (abt.1724-abt.1801) Bishop Stortford, Herts 10
1770 Ashburner Rev Edward Edward Ashburner (abt.1734-1804) Poole, Dorsetshire 10
1776 Barber Rev Joseph Joseph Barber (1727-1810) No. 5 Artillery Court, Chiswel Street Minister of Founders Hall 13
1762 Barnard Edward Edward Barnard 17, Avemary Lane 12
1771 Bedder Joseph Joseph Bedder 14, Basing Lane 13
1772 de Coetlogon Rev Charles Charles de Coetlogon (1746-1820) Lower Grosvenor Place 16
1771 Deeble Thomas Thomas Deeble 25, Old Fish Street 16
1767 Fabian Rev Peter Peter Fabian (abt.1724-abt.1786) Ashburton, Devonshire 18
1755 Farmer Rev Hugh Hugh Farmer (abt.1714-abt.1787) Walthamstow, Essex 18
1777 Fawcett Rev John John Fawcett (abt.1740-abt.1817) Brierly Hall, near Halifax, Yorkshire 19
1754 Field Thomas Thomas Field Leadenhall Street see also page 18 9
1754 Field Thomas Thomas Field 5, Leadenhall Street 18
1768 Field John John Field 95, Newgate Street 19
1772 Fisher Rev Dr Daniel Daniel Fisher (1731-1807) Homerton 19
1767 Flower Mrs Martha Martha (Fuller) Flower 47, Cannon Street 18
1776 Flower William 47, Cannon Street 19
1777 Flower Benjamin Benjamin Flower 47, Cannon Street 19
1759 Fuller Thomas Thomas Fuller Leadenhall St 18
1776 Geard Rev John John Geard (1750-1838) Hitchin, Herts. 21
1750 Gibbons Rev Dr Thomas Thomas Gibbons 9, Hoxton Sq see also page 9 19
1767 Griffiths Rev John John Griffiths (abt.1736-abt.1795) Hitchin, Herts 20
1769 Gregson Rev Moses Moses Gregson (abt.1730-abt.1789) Rowell, Northamptonshire 20
1778 Grundy Rev Thomas Thomas Grundy (abt.1750-abt.1827) Lutterworth, Leicestershire 21
1768 Harries Rev Solomon Solomon Harries (abt.1726-abt.1785) Swansea, South Wales 22
1772 Hill Rev Noah Noah Hill (abt.1739-abt.1815) Oulton, near Norwich 22
1778 Hogg Rev Reynold Reynold Hogg (abt.1752-abt.1843) Oulton near Norwich 24
1769 Jennings Rev Nathaniel Nathaniel Jennings (abt.1747-abt.1814) No.31 Highbuy Place, Islington 25
1769 Jones Rev Richard Richard Jones (abt.1728-1800) Peckham, Surrey 25
1775 Kent Abbott Abbott Kent Carpenters Hall 25
1765 Kinsman Rev Andrew Andrew Kinsman (1724-1793) Plymouth 25
1753 Kippis Rev Andrew Andrew Kippis (abt.1725-abt.1795) No.15 Crown Street, Westminster 25
1767 Lavington Rev Samuel Samuel Lavington (abt.1726-abt.1807) Bideford, Devonshire 26
1779 Manning Rev James James Manning (1754-1831) Exeter 28
1773 Mayo Rev Henry LL.D. Henry Mayo (1733-1793) No.50 Welclose Square 28
1761 Olding Rev John John Olding (abt.1722-abt.1785) Deptford 29
1776 Orton Rev Job Job Orton (abt.1717-abt.1783) Kidderminster 29
1763 Palmer Rev Samuel Samuel Palmer (1741-1813) Mare Street, Hackney 30
1767 Peckwell Rev Henry Henry Peckwell (abt.1750-bef.1816) Charlotte Street, Portland Road 30
1763 Reader Rev Simon Simon Reader (abt.1716-abt.1789) Wareham, Dorsetshire 32
1777 Reader Rev Thomas Thomas Reader (abt.1725-abt.1794) Taunton, Somersetshire 33
1773 Rees Rev Dr Abraham Abraham Rees (abt.1743-abt.1825) Hoxton Town 32
1773 Rees Rev Lewis Lewis Rees (abt.1710-abt.1800) Newlyr Donkin, Glamorganshire 32
1759 Ring Rev Nehemiah Nehemiah Ring (abt.1755-abt.1800) Godalming, Surrey 31
1775 Rippon Rev John John Rippon (abt.1751-abt.1836) Grange Road, Bermondsey 32
1754 Rutt Mrs Elizabeth Elizabeth (Towill) Rutt 239, Upper Thames Street 31
1760 Rutt George George Rutt 11, Birchin Lane 31
1767 Rutt Edward Edward Rutt 11, Birchin Lane 32
1758 Ryland Rev L.L.D. John John Collett Ryland Northampton 31
1765 Stillingfleet Rev James James Stillingfleet (bef.1729-) College Green, Worcester 34
1763 Tayler Rev Thomas Thomas Tayler (abt.1735-abt.1831) Stoke Newington 36
1777 Toller Rev Thomas Thomas Northcote Toller (1756-1821) Kettering, Northamptonshire 37
1775 Trotman Rev Nathaniel Nathaniel Trotman (abt.1751-abt.1793) No.3 Beach's Row, Hoxton 37
1774 Walker Rev Sayer Sayer Walker M.D. (abt.1748-abt.1826) Bocking, Essex 38
1761 Webb Rev James James Webb (abt.1707-abt.1782) No.9 Hatton Garden 38
1777 Webb Rev Joshua Joshua Webb (abt.1745-1820) No.4 Falcon Square, Aldersgate Street 41
1766 Wellings John John Wellings 36, Camomile Street 39
1771 Wickens Rev Aaron Aaron Wickens (abt.1744-1799) Dunmow, Essex 39
1764 Worsley Rev Samuel Samuel Worsley (abt.1740-abt.1800) Cheshunt, Hertfordshire 39

Research Notes

There are other names in the 1779 report which may have possible links to known nonconformist families. These include

Year Surname First name Wikitree Profile Address Notes Page
Field Ben Hoxton Sq see also page 17 9
Field Ben Hoxton Sq 17
Field John Newgate St 17
Ryland John Fenchurch St poss relation of Rev John Ryland
Toulmin William Mare St poss relation of Samuel Toulmin (abt.1740-1809) 36
Wellings Thomas New Broad St poss relation of John Wellings (-1782)

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  1. Isabel Rivers (2007) THE FIRST EVANGELICAL TRACT SOCIETY. The Historical Journal, 50, pp1-22 doi: 10.1017/S0018246X06005899 accessed by Trevor Pickup on 27th Sept 2022]]
  2. https://www.google.co.uk/books/edition/An_Account_of_the_Society_for_Promoting/n5MJpoM9y8sC?hl=en&gbpv=0 Accessed from Google Books Accessed by Trevor Pickup on 25 March 2021
  3. https://www.google.co.uk/books/edition/An_Account_of_the_Society_for_Promoting/gHpbAAAAQAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=Society+for+Promoting+Religious+Knowledge+among+the+Poor+1779&printsec=frontcover

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