Orchard, Abraham, approximately 1753-1793
Abraham Orchard (approximately 1753-1793) was a Methodist who lived in Bath, England.
Abraham Orchard was born in approximately 1753. He probably married Martha Bishop in 1775 and had seven children. His life was shaped by a significant experience that brought him close to God. Orchard was not very religious but when his wife was deathly ill he prayed for help and she miracuoulsy recovered, so Orchard became converted to Christianity and remained a devout Methodist for the rest of his life. He also corresponded and had a friendly relationship with the founder of Methodism, John Wesley. It is possible that Orchard was a solicitor and a school master in England. He wrote a manuscript titled "Miscellanies in Prose and Verse" in 1780, in which he meditated on his relationship with God and religion. The manuscript shows his love for reading and writing poetry, songs, and stories.
Orchard died in approximately 1793.
Citation:UPB files, March 13, 2014 (b. approximately 1753; married life, experience with dying wife and prayer; Christian; manuscript; religion; lover of poetry, songs, stories; John Wesley; methodism; d. approximately 1793)
The-Ridouts.com, via WWW, March 13, 2014 (seven children; Martha Bishop; relationship with John Wesley; solicitor, school master; Methodist; 1753, 1793)