Do you have a Methodist tucked away in your family somewhere quietly frowning on the antics of their descendants?
If you do, have you checked the Wesleyan Methodist Roll? No? Then do we have a resource for you!
The roll has over 1 million names of people who donated a guinea (21 shillings or ₤1 1s) to the Wesleyan Methodist Million Guinea Fund (Jan 1899-Jun 1904).
Richard Ratcliffe has written an informative booklet to the The Wesleyan Methodist historic roll explaining the whys and wherefores etc which is on the shelves at Central Auckland Research Centre at 4 ENG REL MET.
We have a microfiche copy of the volumes which the donations were noted in on microfiche (4 ENG REL MET). Unfortunately, there is no name index; however, there is an index on the Methodist website which gives the Circuit/Mission, Church/Chapel, vol/district, page and fiche number.
Richard’s booklet lists the 50 volumes and which Missions/Chapels are in that volume. By using this I know that Croydon is in volume 6 and the 3rd London District. I should then be able to find the fiche and page numbers by referring to the index on the Methodist website - vol 6 page 3 fiche 1-... (Croydon seems to be missing from this list).
The list gives a name, address or, in the case of donations made in memory of the deceased “In Memorium”
The Roll covers England, Wales, Scotland (not Ireland) and a variety of other countries.
By using this list I have been able to make an educated guess as to which of three families were the initial followers of this faith.