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Gurney, John (1688/9–1741), Quaker minister and wool stapler, was the son of John Gurney (1655–1721), a Quaker merchant of Norwich, who had been imprisoned from 1683 to 1685 for refusing the oath of allegiance and who brought up his family strictly in his own faith. With his wife, ...


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Hill, Robert (1699–1777), tailor and religious writer, was born on 11 January 1699 at Miswell, Hertfordshire, the son of poor parents, Robert Hill and Phoebe, née Clark. His father died within a year of his birth and about five years later his mother married ...


Rogers, Zebedee (bap. 1774, d. 1833), missionary to seafarers and shoemaker, was baptized at Strood, Kent, on 10 April 1774, the son of John and Elizabeth Rogers. He is recognized as the originator of the historic seafarers' emblem known as the Bethel flag. His given name (that of the father of the seafaring apostles ...