- John Eyton (1779-1823) was the son of Thomas Eyton, gent., of Wellington, Shropshire. He was educated at Rugby School and St John's College Cambridge. Eyton was Vicar of Wellington and Eyton between 1802 and 1823, and was a friend of Mary Fletcher and her companion Mary Tooth. He was appointed a trustee of Madeley Wood Methodist Chapel in 1807. Eyton published a book of sermons. Source: Alumni Cantabrigienses compiled by J. A. Venn (1940) and Fletcher-Tooth collection
From Fenny Bridge [Part of the Pocklington circuit where Bardsley was stationed in 1805] to [Mary] Fletcher at Madeley, Shropshire. Bardsley understands that Revd. [John] Eyton is not 'fixed' for a curate, he is writing to say that there is a young man in this neighbourhood who he thinks would suit him. He is about thirty years old, no Calvinist and very zealous. He is given a good character by Mr Thompson who is a good friend of the Methodists in this place. Thompson can provide all the information that could be required - the young man's name is John Acaster.
Bardsley met with great kindness at Sheffield where they enjoyed a good conference.
His love should be passed to all in the society especially Revd. Walters and [Mary] Tooth.
In a postscript, he mentions that letters should be sent to Mr Thompson at Fenny Bridge near Pontefract.
All the preachers sent to Madeley for this year [John Kingston, George Lowe and John Chittle] are men of good report.