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Adams, Mary (supp. fl. 1652), self-proclaimed virgin mother, is a fiction whose existence rests in the creation of one pamphlet formed around her alleged misdeeds and blasphemies. This work is called The Ranters Monster and was printed in London for George Horton in March 1652. ...

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Bathurst, Ann (b. c. 1638, d. in or before 1704), diarist and prophet, is of unknown parentage. What little is known of her origins is found in the eight-page autobiography that begins her two-volume diary, 'Rhapsodical Meditations and Visions', a manuscript that covers the period 17 March 1679 to 21 October 1696 (...

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Booth [née Mumford], Catherine (1829–1890), evangelist and writer, was born on 17 January 1829 at Ashbourne, Derbyshire, the fourth of five children. Only she and her younger brother, John, survived. Her father, John Mumford (1804–1879), was a coach builder and wheelwright, and for some years a Wesleyan Methodist lay preacher. Her mother, ...

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Catherine Bramwell- Booth (1883–1987) by Snowdon, 1979 Snowdon / Camera Press, London; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Catherine Booth (1829–1890) by unknown photographer The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre

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Booth, Catherine Bramwell- (1883–1987), Salvation Army officer, was born on 20 July 1883 at Hadley Wood, Middlesex, the eldest in the family of two sons and five daughters of (William) Bramwell Booth (1856–1929), Salvation Army general, and his wife, Florence Eleanor Booth, née...

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Evangeline Cory Booth (1865–1950) by unknown photographer, c.1900 © Everett Collection / Rex Features

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Booth, Evangeline Cory (1865–1950), world leader of the Salvation Army, was born at 1 Cambridge Lodge Villas, Hackney, London, on Christmas day (25 December) 1865, the seventh of eight children of William Booth (1829–1912) and his wife, Catherine Mumford (1829–1890) [see Booth, Catherine...

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Buchan [née Simpson], Elspeth (c. 1738–1791), founder of the Buchanites, was born in Banffshire, the daughter of John Simpson and Margaret Gordon (d. c.1741), who kept an inn at Fitmy-Can, halfway between Banff and Portsoy, Banffshire. Her mother died when she was three years old, after which her father remarried and sent her into service. She was later employed by a distant female relative who taught her to read and write, but they separated in ...

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Camm [née Newby; other married name Audland], Anne (1627–1705), Quaker preacher, was born in August 1627, the daughter of Richard Newby of Kendal; she was baptized there on 28 October 1627. Westmorland was to remain her home in later life: she lived at ...

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Carr, Ann (1783–1841), Female Revivalist Society preacher, was born into humble circumstances at Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, on 4 March 1783, the youngest of the twelve children of Thomas and Rebecca Carr. Ann's mother died when she was five, and an aunt came to be housekeeper to the family. When ...

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Clibborn, Catherine Booth- [called La Maréchale] (1858–1955), evangelist, was born on 18 September 1858 at Gateshead, the third of eight children and the eldest daughter of the Revd William Booth (1829–1912), then a minister in the Methodist New Connexion, and his wife, ...

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Girling [née Clouting], Mary Ann (1827–1886), founder of the Children of God, was born on 27 April 1827 at Little Glemham, Suffolk, the daughter of William Clouting or Clowting, a small farmer. The details of her formal education, if any, are not known. On 2 May 1863 she married ...

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Lead [née Ward], Jane (1624–1704), mystic and author, was born in March 1624 in Norfolk, one of nine children of Hamond Ward (d. 1651), squire and magistrate, and his wife, Mary (b. c.1582), daughter of Sir James Calthorpe of ...

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Lee, Ann (1736–1784), religious leader in England and America, was born in Manchester on 29 February 1736 to John Lees (or Lee), a poor blacksmith, and his wife (perhaps named Betty), a 'strictly religious, and very pious woman'. Lee was baptized in ...

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Lenshina, Alice Mulenga (1920–1978), visionary and founder of the Lumpa church in Northern Rhodesia, was born in 1920 in the Chinsali district of the northern province of Northern Rhodesia. Her given name was Mulenga. Alice was her baptismal name, and Lenshina, a Bemba...

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Penington [née Proude], Mary [other married name Mary Springett, Lady Springett] (bap. 1623, d. 1682), Quaker and writer, was born at Goodnestone Court, near Faversham, Kent, and baptized on 13 December 1623 at Canterbury Cathedral. She was the only child and heir of ...

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