- The Leppington family were prominent in Wesleyan Methodism for well over half a century. John Crosby Leppington entered the itinerancy in 1795 and eventually settled in Grimsby. Of his two sons, John Crosby junior (d.1859) followed his father into the ministry in 1832 and the other H. M. Leppington was an influential lay man in the Grimsby area. Source: George Lester, Grimsby Methodism (1890), pp.64,119-120.
From Leeds, Yorkshire, to Mr H. M. Leppington in Grimsby. Eight weeks since, J R was thrown out of a gig on the way to a Methodist meeting in Pately Bridge. Since the accident, he has not been able to preach as his foot was so badly sprained as to prevent any kind of ministerial labour and it is still very weak. He hopes nevertheless to be able to stand on it tomorrow so as to preach. It will however be several weeks before he is fully fit and he must therefore decline Leppington's kind invitation but hopes to be in a position to make his acquaintance at some time in the future.