The Wesley Family
The Old Rectory
Video Footage of the Old Rectory
Like his other two brothers, Samuel obtained his Master of Arts degree at Oxford University. He was then ordained as an Anglican clergyman and took a teaching post in Westminster. Twenty years later he moved to Tiverton, Devon where he became the headmaster of an endowed school. He was a gifted poet and an able and scholarly teacher. He married Ursula Berry. His teaching yielded a rather better income than that of his brothers, John and Charles, and he was generous towards his parents, providing them with as much as his salary allowed. He died in 1739 only four years after his father, and his widowed mother Susanna was heartbroken. She had lost not only her first-born son but also her main source of financial support.