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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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Chillenden, Edmund (fl. 1631–1678), parliamentarian army officer and General Baptist leader, was the son of William Chillenden, yeoman, of Faversham, Kent. His father had died by the time he was bound to the Merchant Taylors' Company of London in February 1631. He gained his freedom of the company in March 1637 and worked for his former master as a button-seller living in ...

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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 ...

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Hazzard [other married name Kelly], Dorothy (d. 1674), Baptist leader, first appears about 1620, when she and her then husband, Anthony Kelly, grocer, who had a shop in High Street, Bristol, between the Guilders Inn and the High Cross, gathered around them a separatist group. ...

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Helwys, Thomas (c. 1575–c. 1614), Baptist leader, was born into the Nottinghamshire gentry, the son of Edward Helwys (d. 1590), and grandson of William Helwys of Askham, Nottinghamshire (d. c.1557). It is possible that the otherwise unknown Edward Hellwis...

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Hobson, Paul (d. 1666), Particular Baptist preacher, was a tailor from Buckinghamshire according to the heresiographer Thomas Edwards. An opponent of the solemn league and covenant in 1643, Hobson had probably by this time joined the London separatist church founded by John Spencer...