Maria Theresa Stonehouse
Born: 25 February 1722, Islington
Died: 21 December 1751, Chelsea
Maria Theresa Stonehouse was born Mary Crispe, but became an orphan at the age of six. She was brought up by her grandmother at Tollington. There as a young woman she heard the gospel from Rev. George Stonehouse (1714-1793), and later decided to marry him, "contrary to the will of her relations; who persecuted her on account of he being united to a Methodist." They were married on June 1, 1739, and shortly thereafter met James Hutton, and through him was introduced to Count Nicolaus Zinzendorf, who adopted and renamed her. She was a deaconess in the Moravian churches in Chelsea and London, and died shortly after giving birth.
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- Benham, Daniel. 1856. Memoirs of James Hutton, Comprising the Annals of His Life, and Connection with the United Brethren. London: Hamilton, Adams, and Co. 639 pp. History of Maria Theresa Stonehouse on pp. 267-271.
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