Crowell, Joshua an early Methodist Episcopal minister in New England, was born in Massachusetts in 1777, of Presbyterian parents, was converted through the agency of Methodist preaching at about 20, entered the itinerancy in 1801, located in 1809, and died at Sturbridge, Mass., July, 1858, in the fifty- seventh year of his ministry. He had a strong intellect, sound judgment, generous emotions, and an earnest love of Methodism. He was an able and successful minister. He was one of the founders of the Wesleyan Academy, Wilbraham, and in many ways was of eminent service to the Church. — Sherman, Sketches of New-England Divines, p. 389.