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Aldam, Thomas (1616?–1660), Quaker preacher and writer, was born in Warmsworth, near Doncaster, although no further details of his parentage are known. He was a relatively affluent yeoman. He married Mary Killam (d. 1660) in 1644, and the couple had at least one child, ...

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Ames, William (d. 1662), Quaker preacher, was born at Frampton Cotterell, near Bristol; his parents' names are not known. He was not well educated and when young was prone to lying, drunkenness, and licentiousness. During the civil war he joined the king's army and later served as a marine under ...

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Audland, John (c. 1630–1664), Quaker preacher, was born near Camsgill, Kendal, Westmorland, to 'parents and kindred of good repute' (Thomas Camm's testimony). A linen draper, he lived at Crosslands, near Preston Patrick, Westmorland. Early on he became an eminent preacher and 'great multitudes of people would flock after him' (...

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Backhouse, Edward (1808–1879), Quaker minister and historical writer, was born at Darlington on 8 May 1808, the son of Edward and Mary Backhouse. He lived from his youth at Sunderland, where he was partner in the collieries and the bank with which his family had been connected for many years, although he took no active part in the business. He was fond of travel, a good amateur painter, and a student of natural history. He devoted himself chiefly to the promotion of philanthropic and religious causes. He was a generous supporter of various institutions in ...

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Benson, Gervase (d. 1679), Quaker leader, lived at Haygarth in Sedbergh, Yorkshire, and Kendal, Westmorland; he also had a house at Borratt in Sedbergh. A notary public before 1640, and later commissary of the archdeaconry of Richmond at Kendal, Benson was the first ecclesiastical lawyer to join ...

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Bownas, Samuel (1677–1753), Quaker minister and writer, was born on 20 January 1677 at Shap, Westmorland, the second of the two children of Anthony Bownas (d. 1677), shoemaker, and his wife, Agnes. Samuel's father died within a month of his birth. Thereafter money was short and he and his brother received only a basic education in reading and writing. At thirteen ...

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Braithwaite, Joseph Bevan (1818–1905), barrister and Quaker minister, was born on 21 June 1818 in Highgate, Kendal; with his twin sister he was the youngest of the nine children of Isaac Braithwaite (1781–1861), dyestuff manufacturer and drysalter, and Anna Braithwaite, both parents being of long-standing Quaker families. His mother, ...

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W. E. A. Axon

revised by Philip Carter

Brandwood, James (1739–1826), Quaker minister, was born on 11 November 1739 at New House, Entwistle, near Rochdale, where his parents were yeoman farmers. In adulthood Brandwood practised as a land surveyor and conveyancer, and is also said to have acted as the steward of the ...

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Brown, Henton (1697/8–1775), Quaker minister and banker, of unknown parentage, was born in London. He was educated by Friends, and in 1718 he married Sarah, of whom further details are unknown, in an Anglican ceremony, contrary to the beliefs of the society. The couple repented this action and their acknowledgement of wrongdoing was accepted by the society on 20 January 1720. The couple had eleven children, many of whom died in infancy....

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Burnyeat, John (1631–1690), Quaker minister, was born at Crabtreebeck, near Loweswater, Cumberland. Beyond his occupation as a farmer, little is known of his life before George Fox convinced him of Quakerism in 1653.

Until 1657 John Burnyeat limited his religious activities to attending meetings and occasionally speaking publicly, then became more active by disrupting Anglican services to espouse the Quaker faith. In 1658 he tried unsuccessfully to spread Quakerism in ...

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Camm, John (1605–1657), Quaker preacher, was born at Camsgill, near Kendal, Westmorland. His parentage and education were of 'honest' and 'good report' and 'as good as any of that degree in that part of the country' (Thomas Camm's Testimony). A soldier in the parliamentary army during the civil wars, ...

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Camm, Thomas (1640/41–1708), Quaker preacher and writer, was born at Camsgill, Preston Patrick, Westmorland, the son of John Camm (1605–1657), a yeoman, and his wife, Mabel (1605?–1692), themselves both Quakers. He received a good education at the hands of his father, whose 'tender care' said ...

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Caton, William (1636–1665), Quaker preacher, details of whose parentage and early childhood are unknown, was probably brought up in north-west England in an orthodox Calvinist environment of prayer, sermon, and scripture. At fourteen he was taken by his father to Swarthmoor Hall, near ...

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Chalkley, Thomas (1675–1741), Quaker minister and master mariner, was born on 3 May 1675 in Southwark, London, the son of George Chalkley (c.1642–1725), a Quaker tradesman, and his wife, Rebecca, née Harding (c.1643–1694). The main source for a biography of ...

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G. C. Boase

revised by K. D. Reynolds

Charleton, Robert (1809–1872), Quaker minister, was born on 15 April 1809 in Bristol, the eldest of the three sons of James (d. 1847) and Elizabeth Charleton (d. 1826), of Ashley Down, near Bristol. James Charleton was subsequently remarried, in 1835; his new wife was ...

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Churchman, John (1705–1775), Quaker minister and journal writer, was born on 4 August 1705 at Nottingham, Chester county, Pennsylvania, the son of John Churchman (d. 1724), farmer, and his wife, Hannah, née Cerie. He was a lifelong resident of Nottingham and deeply involved with the ...

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A. C. Bickley

revised by Caroline L. Leachman

Claridge, Richard (1649–1723), Quaker minister and schoolmaster, was born in December 1649 at Farmborough, Warwickshire, the son of William and Isabel Claridge of Farmborough, 'both sober and religious persons, of good reputation, and well to pass, as to outward circumstances' (Life and Posthumous Works...

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Cookworthy, William (1705–1780), porcelain manufacturer and Quaker minister, was born on 12 April 1705, the eldest child of William Cookworthy (1670–1718), a Quaker serge maker of Kingsbridge, Devon, and his wife, Edith (d. 1759), daughter of John and Mary Debell of St Martin by Looe, Cornwall...

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Crook, John (1616/17–1699), Quaker leader and writer, was born in the north of England of wealthy parents. Educated in London from the age of ten until he was seventeen, he was subsequently apprenticed, possibly to a lace merchant. During the civil war he served as a captain in the parliamentarian army, and in 1647 he married ...

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Crouch, William (1628–1711), Quaker leader and writer, was born on 5 April 1628 at Penton, near Weyhill and Andover, Hampshire, the son of a prosperous yeoman and a puritan mother (their names are as yet unknown). His father died while Crouch was a young boy. After the repeated dislocations during the civil war claimed most of his inheritance, ...