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Bampfield, Francis (1614–1684), Seventh Day Baptist minister, was probably born at Poltimore, Devon, the third son of John Bampfield (d. c.1650), who served as sheriff of Devon, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Drake of Buckland Monachorum, Devon; Thomas's brother was ...

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Crosley, David (1669/70–1744), Particular Baptist minister, was born in Heptonstall, near Hebden Bridge, of unknown parentage. Initially worshipping with the presbyterians, he was brought up by a devout aunt, called Mitchell, in Barnoldswick. He did not readily sever ties with the presbyterians because as late as 1692, even after his baptism as a believer, he was still contemplating ordination among them....

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James, John (d. 1661), Fifth Monarchist and Seventh Day Baptist preacher, was a native of England, born of poor parents, but his birthplace is unknown. He had little education, and was a ribbon weaver by trade. For some years he earned a living as a small-coal man, but was not strong enough for the work and returned to weaving. He appears to have been of weak frame and diminutive stature. He became a preacher to a congregation of Seventh Day Baptists, who met in ...

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Purnell, Robert (1606–1666), Baptist leader and author, was born on 15 October 1606, probably in Bristol. He was a carpet weaver and freeman of the city, and lived with his wife in St James's Back; their son John (d. 1686) was an ironmonger in ...