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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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Peter Thomas Stanford (1860–1909) by W. Baker reproduced with the permission of Birmingham Libraries & Archives

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Stanford, Peter Thomas (1860–1909), Baptist minister, was born into slavery on a plantation in Hampton, Virginia, USA. His father was sold before his birth, and his mother shortly afterwards. Aged five at the end of the American Civil War which formally ended slavery, the orphaned boy was taken in by Native Americans, who taught him their language. They eventually passed him to a Quaker group who took him to an orphanage in ...