Early to mid 1800s
Samuel Wesley (1662-1735) was the father of John and Charles Wesley and another seventeen children, nine of whom died in infancy. He was a clergyman of the Church of England and also wrote prose and poetry.
Samuel Wesley spent most of his life as the Rector of Epworth in Lincolnshire. There, he faced many trials with his parishioners and much of his literary talent remained unrecognised.