Short history of Dr John Styles D.D 1782-1849
This a short history of The Revd John Styles, which may interest some researchers.
The Rev John Styles DD (1782-1849)
John Styles was one of 17 children of John Stiles a carpenter, & Mary Wharton, he was born in the East Anglian village of Thrandeston, Suffolk, England, around 1790 John and Mary Stiles found that earning a living in Suffolk was hard, they were discussing what to do when a relative suggested that they should move to London in the Islington area, where retired rich people from the city of London, and they needed expensive coffins. Later John joined his family firm, but decided to enter the church. He was theological educated at Hoxton College, London and at Gosport College (5 High Street) 1799-? Hants. Helped at Newport IOW Congregational Church, and Birmingham (1802). His first post was at East Cowes, in 1803 later persuaded the churchgoers to build a new chapel at West Cowes. In 1808 he decided to move to Union Street, Ship Street, Brighton, Sussex, he again built a new chapel. In 1823 he moved to the Holland Chapel, North Brixton London. In 1835 to the Claylands Chapel, Clapham Road, Surrey. In 1844 he left London and went to Foleshill Nr Coventry Congregational Church till 1849. He died 22nd June 1849, he was awarded Doctor of Divinity (DD) in 1844 by Aberdeen University
Dr Styles was married three times, he married Sarah Hall Brown in 1803 at St Katherine Cree in the city of London, they had 5 children John, Mary Ann, John Wigney, Marriane, Sarah Hall. John died at Cowes in 1806. Sarah Hall Brown died in 1810. John Married Ann Cooper in 1813 at Streatham London, they had 3 children Mary Read, John Shrapnel, Ann. Ann Cooper died in 1816 in Brighton John Married again in 1817 to a Ann? They had a daughter Mary Ann, who married a Robert Menzies, they had two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary Ann.
Dr John Styles DD was buried at West Norwood Cemetery, SE27 also his daughter in law Susan Styles (Snell) wife of his son John Wigney Styles grave no 2302, and there is no memorial stone on the grave. Lambeth Borough Council runs the cemetery.
Styles family members have also entered non conformist churches, Johns brother Thomas was minister to Great Marlow Congregational Church for 40 years from 1825 to 1865. William Jeyes Styles John Styles nephew was a Baptist minister.
Dr John Styles was a notible character of his time, you need to search on the internet for references of what he did, below is piece by The Revd Sydney Smith about John Styles.
Wit & Wisdom of The Revd Sydney Smith Page 119 - Use of Ridicule
We are a good deal amused, indeed, with the extreme disrelish which Mr. John Styles exhibit: to the humour and pleasantry with which he admits the Methodists to have been attacked, but Mr. John Styles should remember, that it is not the practice with destroyers of vermin to allow the little victims a velo upon the weapons used against them. If this were otherwise we should have one set of vermin banishing small-tooth comb.; another protesting against mouse traps, a third prohibiting the finger and thumb, a forth exclaiming against the intolerable infamy of using soap and water. It is impossible, however, to listen to such pleas. They must be all caught, killed, and cracked, in the manner, and by the in instruments which are found most efficacious to their destruction, and the more they cry out, the greater plainly, is the skill used against them. We are convinced a little laughter will do there more harm than all the arguments in the world. Such men as the author before us, cannot understand when they are outargued but he has given us a specimen, from his irritability, that he fully comprehends when he has become an object universal contempt and derision. We agree with him, that ridicule is not exactly the weapon to be wed in matter., of religion; but the use of it is excusable, when there is no other which can make fools.
From an article on 'Methodism' Ed Rev 1809
Strictures on two Critiques in the Edinburgh Review, on the Subject of Methodism & Mission, with remarks on the Influence of Reviews in general, on Morals and Happenies, by The Revd John Styles. 8vo. London 1809.
Smith the 'small-tooth comb' illustration in his handling of Dr. Monk, Bishop of Gloucester in the Third Letter to Archdeacon Singleton. Mr Styles was again the subject or a literary agitation in 1839, when, having become The Revd John Styles D.D., he published under the auspices of the Society for the prevention for the Cruelty to Animals, a prize Essay entitled 'The Animal Creation its Claims on our Humanity Stated and Enforced.' The tract was replied to in 'A Pamphlet, dedicated to the Noblemen, Gentlemen, and Sportsmen of England, Ireland and Scotland, by TheHon. Grantley Fitzhantinge Berkley MP. The subject is roughly revieved reviewed in an article, Sydney Smith, John Styles, and Grantley Berkeley in Frazers Magazine in August 1839. The Rev. Dr. Styles was a dissenting clergyman of note the author of various published discourses of an occasional character. He also published a Life of David Brainerd and Family Bible, with illustrative notes, in two volumes quarto.