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First Methodist Preaching House-Wades and Wakefields-John Wesley

Posted: 1362241597000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Wesley Wade Wakefield
John Wesly visited Galway County and included in what I could find for his visit is the First Methodist Preaching House in Athlone, this is in County Westmeath,Ireland. If you go to you will find an article on John Wesley's visit. I have been trying to find Irish records for the Wade's and Wakefields-David Wakefield married Mary or Elizabeth Wade in the 1750's prior to emigration to America 1773-1783. The book Wakefield Memorial by Homer Wakefield page 216-217 lists the family history and the birthplace for David Wakefield and info about punishment of his brothers who were implicated in a plot against Catholic rule-and this makes no sense for the time period. Catholic's did not rule in this time period! However to shed some light on this if you go to you will find that Methodists had dual membership-as both Methodists and also members of the parish church. In order to find records you need to know the church parish for pre-1845 records. Also I found landrecords for Wades and Wakefields in the 1841 landowners census. It is possible that David Wakefield did not remain on the family estate in Galway but moved to Athlone, Westmeath county, Ireland. The article on John Wesley-2nd paragraph says "At his period Mr. and Mrs. Wade of Fairfield, and Mr. David Wakefield, also a member of the parish, embraced the Gospel. . ." I am a little confused on what parish this is. Any help or info greatly appreciated. Cindy

Re: First Methodist Preaching House-Wades and Wakefields-John Wesley

Posted: 1369371604000
Classification: Query
In the 1824 Tithe Applotments 1823-1837 Galway:

David Wakefield, Parish Kilcloony, Townland Curragh & Barnacragh

David was quite an unusual name at that time.

If these were early Methodists you will find their baptism records with the Church of Ireland. Records if they have survived are in Dublin at the Representative Church Library.
No research is done on line.

You might find some property information on Registry of
Deeds - Ireland. Just google it is a rootsweb volunteer initiative. There are lots of Wade's but no David but lots in Meath and Westmeath. Wakefield's also.

Catholics did not rule from 1100 on to 1922. Not that the irish didn't rise up many times to try to expel the English.
Few Catholics owned land. Few Anglo-Irish owned land but
were tenants of large land owners. Pigots Directory 1824

J. August Wade, Esq. Garden-ra_e (?) listed under
Nobility, gentry and clergy

Wade - three in the Cantwell Memorial Inscriptions in Galway for the Church of Ireland Tully
Fanny, Helen Noree & Joseph

Fairfield, Westmeath exists today and is not far from
Athlone. Westmeath has Methodist records for Athlone baptisms from 1842-1900, marriages from 1866-1896 and deaths from 1808-1849

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