Irish Methodist Genealogy

Philip Embury was a leading member of a Palatine community who lived in County Limerick. They were influenced to become Methodists by John Wesley and his preachers and In 1758 he too was appointed as a local preacher.

Embury brought the Bible with him when several Palatine families migrated to America on 2nd June 1760. Six years later he was responsible for the introduction of Methodism into New York – a marginal note stands beside a text [Hosea 10:12] relating to the first sermon preached in John Street Church.

His Bible was a late edition of the ‘Geneva Bible’ which preceded the King James version by some decades. On the title page is ‘Imprinted at London by Robert Barker, Printer to the King’s most Excellent Majesty, 1611.’

A young preacher, Fitch Reed, became friends with Samuel Embury, a son of Philip’s, whilst he was serving on the Durham circuit in Canada. Reed was initially permitted to use the Bible and then to purchase…

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