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Akroyd, Edward (1810–1887), industrialist and philanthropist, was born on 28 November 1810 at Brockholes, near Brookhouse, Ovenden, Halifax, the eldest of the ten children of Jonathan Akroyd (1782–1847) and his wife, Sarah, daughter of David Wright of Ovenden. Educated locally by an Anglican clergyman and at the ...

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Joseph Barker (1806–1875) by John Cochran, pubd 1880 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barker, Joseph (1806–1875), Methodist minister and politico-religious controversialist, was born on 11 May 1806 at Bramley, near Leeds. His ancestors, originally of Keighley, had been settled in this area for several generations as farmers and manufacturers. The identity of his parents has not been discovered, though it is known that his father was employed in woollen manufacture and served for some time in the militia, and that ...

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Berisford, Charles (1830–1898), silk manufacturer, was born at Buglawton, Cheshire, the seventh of eleven children and fourth son of Isaac Berisford (1794–1854), toll-keeper turned farmer, and his wife, Alice, née Bonsall (1798–1860), formerly of Monyash. Charles started work when he was nine, presumably in textiles like his brothers. He was so small he had to stand on a stool to work. Later he was formally apprenticed, possibly to ...

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

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Booth, (William) Bramwell (1856–1929), Salvation Army officer, was born at Halifax, Yorkshire, on 8 March 1856, the eldest son of William Booth (1829–1912) and his wife, Catherine Booth, née Mumford (1829–1890), the founders of the Salvation Army. He had two brothers and five sisters, including ...

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Burns, Jabez (1805–1876), General Baptist minister, was born on 18 December 1805 at Oldham, Lancashire, where his father, Joseph, was a chemist. He was educated at a school at Chester and at the grammar school in Oldham, which he left in 1820 to become a draper's assistant in ...

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G. T. Bettany

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Davis, Joseph Barnard (1801–1881), physician and craniologist, second child of Joseph Davis, draper, and his wife, Marianne, was born on 13 June 1801 and was baptized next day in York. In 1820, while still studying surgery, he went as surgeon on a whaling ship to the ...

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Firth, Mark (1819–1880), steel manufacturer, was born at Sheffield on 25 April 1819, the eldest son of Thomas Firth (1789–1850), steel manufacturer. After education at Eadon's academy, Redhill, he joined his father in 1833 at Sanderson Brothers & Co., where his father was chief smelter. His younger brother ...