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Adis, Henry (fl. 1641/2–1663), General Baptist leader and writer, was in 1648 a prisoner in the Tower Chamber of the Fleet prison, 'in the seventh year of the Author's Oppression, being the 8th year of this Parliament's Reformation' (Adis, A Spie, title-page...

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Barber, Edward (d. 1663), General Baptist preacher, was a son of William Barber (d. in or before 1611), yeoman of Sherborne, Somerset. In July 1611 he was apprenticed in London's Merchant Taylors' Company and gained his freedom in August 1620. Barber set up trade as a cloth drawer and by 1624 had married ...

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Blackwood, Christopher (1607/8–1670), Particular Baptist minister, was born in August 1607 or 1608, in Yorkshire, the youngest son of William Blackwood. After matriculating at the age of thirteen from Pembroke College, Cambridge, at Easter 1621, he graduated BA in 1625. He was ordained a priest in the diocese of ...

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John Westby-Gibson

revised by E. F. Clipsham

Booth, Abraham (1734–1806), Particular Baptist minister and author, was born at Blackwell, near Alfreton, Derbyshire, on 20 May 1734, the son of Robert Booth (bap. 1700) and Elizabeth Bradley. While an infant his parents moved to Annesley Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, where his father had taken a small farm as a tenant of the ...

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Brown [Browne], James (b. 1615/16), General Baptist minister, was born in Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire, the son of Thomas Brown; the identity of his mother is not known. He matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford, on 24 April 1635 aged nineteen and graduated BA on 7 April 1638. He was ordained and served as the vicar of ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by M. J. Mercer

Bulkley, Charles (1719–1797), General Baptist minister, was born in London on 18 October 1719, the fourth son of Thomas Bulkley, silk merchant in Ludgate Street, London, and his wife, Esther Henry (b. 1694), the daughter of Matthew Henry, the biblical commentator, and his second wife, ...

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Arthur H. Grant

revised by Rosemary Chadwick

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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Caffyn, Matthew (bap. 1628, d. 1714), General Baptist minister, was baptized on 26 October 1628 at Horsham, Sussex, the seventh son of a yeoman farmer, Thomas Caffin (d. before 1653), and his wife, Elizabeth. Lord Onslow of Wisborough Green adopted Matthew as a companion for his only son, ...

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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 ...