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Anderson, Christopher (1782–1852), theological writer and Baptist preacher, was born at West Bow, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, on 19 February 1782, and was the youngest son of William Anderson (1744–1804), an ironmonger. Christopher was educated at Lasswade day school near Edinburgh. He worked initially in his father's trade and later in an insurance office, but because of his interest in Christian missions and his desire to become a foreign missionary, he relinquished his secular work, and studied for the ministry. His family and friends were deeply influenced by the evangelistic zeal of ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by L. E. Lauer

Angus, Joseph (1816–1902), Baptist minister and educationist, was born on 16 January 1816 at Bolam, Northumberland, the only son of John Angus, a farmer and later a leather merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth Wanless. His first schooling was at the free grammar school, Newcastle...

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Aubrey, Melbourn Evans (1885–1957), Baptist minister and ecumenist, was born in the Rhondda on 21 April 1885, the eldest child of Edwin Aubrey and his wife, Elizabeth Jane Evans. His father was then pastor of Zion Baptist Church, Pentre, and subsequently ministered in ...

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Backus, Isaac (1724–1806), Baptist minister and historian in America, was born on 9 January 1724 at Norwich, Connecticut, the fourth of eleven children of Samuel Backus (1694–1740), farmer and ironworks owner, and Elizabeth (1698–1769), daughter of John Tracy and Elizabeth Leffingwell. Both of ...

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Brine, John (1703–1765), Baptist minister, was born at Kettering, the son of a cobbler. Owing to the poverty of his parents he had scarcely any school education, and when still young was sent to work in the staple manufactory of his town. Converted by the preaching of ...

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G. B. Smith

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Brock, William (1807–1875), Baptist minister, was born on 14 February 1807 at Honiton, Devon, the eldest of the three children of William Brock, brazier and ironmonger, and his wife, Ann, daughter of Thomas Alsop, pastor of the Baptist church at Prescot, Devon. William...

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Brown, Archibald Geikie (1844–1922), Baptist minister, was born at 10 St Ann's Place, Brixton Hill, Streatham, on 18 July 1844, the son of John William Brown (1815–1872), clerk to a bill broker, and his wife, Emma, née Heath (1818–1893). He experienced an evangelical conversion in 1861 after attending religious meetings led by ...

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Charlotte Fell-Smith

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Brown, Hugh Stowell (1823–1886), Baptist minister, was born on 10 August 1823 at Douglas, Isle of Man, the second son of Robert Brown, a Church of England priest, and his wife, Dorothy, daughter of John Thomson, a gardener. He had three sisters and five brothers, including the poet ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by Andrew M. Hill

Burroughs, Joseph (1685–1761), Baptist minister, was born in London on 1 January 1685, the son of Humphrey Burroughs, a weaver in Spitalfields. His father was a member of Virginia Street Particular Baptist Church, London, which in 1712 amalgamated with the non-aligned but closed-communion Baptist church in ...

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Callender, John (1706–1748), Baptist minister and historian in America, was born on 7 June 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts, the first of the four children of John Callender (1674–1742), shopkeeper, and his wife, Priscilla (1680–1716), daughter of John Ballard of Lynn, Massachusetts, and his wife, ...

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Carson, Alexander (1776–1844), Baptist minister, was born at Annahone, near Stewartstown, co. Tyrone, the eldest son of William Carson, a Scottish Presbyterian who had settled in Ireland. As preparation for the Presbyterian ministry he was educated in a classical school taught by a ...

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Child, John (1638–1684), Baptist preacher, was born in Bedford. Nothing is known of his parents, but he was apprenticed in Bedford to 'an Handicraft Trade', probably silk-weaving, before moving to Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, and eventually becoming a 'slop-seller' (retailer of clothing) in London...

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Chilembwe, John (c. 1870–1915), Baptist minister and anti-colonial rebel, was probably born at Sangano, Chiradzulu, in modern Malawi, of a Yao father (reportedly called Kaundama), and a Mang'anja or Cewa slave mother (reportedly called Nyangu). Very little is known of his early life. He acquired a basic knowledge of English from one of the earliest outposts of Scottish Presbyterian missionaries. In 1892 he became ‘cook boy’ to the recently arrived independent English missionary ...

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Clarke, John (1609–1676), colonial agent and Baptist preacher, was born on 8 October 1609 in Westhorpe, Suffolk, the fifth of seven children of Thomas Clarke (d. 1627), a man of middling rank, and Rose Keridge. He appears to have received some university education and to have undertaken some study of medicine, possibly at ...

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Collier, Thomas (d. 1691), Baptist preacher, may have been the yeoman farmer of that name from Witney, in Surrey, prosecuted in 1634 for withholding tithes. Nothing is certainly known of his birth or early life.

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Comber, Thomas James (1852–1887), Baptist minister and missionary to the Congo, was born on 7 November 1852 at 15 Clarendon Street, Camberwell, Surrey, the second of five children, the third of whom died in infancy, of Thomas James Comber, a manufacturing jeweller, and his first wife, ...

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Coppe, Abiezer (1619–1672?), Baptist preacher and Ranter, was born on Sunday 30 May 1619, and baptized on 1 June at St Mary's, Warwick, the eldest known child of Walter Coppe (b. 1593, d. in or after 1667), who was probably a literate artisan, perhaps working with animal hides. After the Restoration ...

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Cox [Coxe], Benjamin (bap. 1595, d. in or after 1663?), Baptist preacher, was baptized at Benson, Oxfordshire, on 13 April 1595, the son of William Cox, a clergyman, and his wife, probably Elizabeth Younge. He matriculated from Christ Church, Oxford, on 29 April 1609, aged fourteen, graduated BA from ...