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Ball, Hannah (1734–1792), follower of Wesleyan Methodism and diarist, was born on 13 March 1734, probably in Buckinghamshire. Nothing is known of her family other than that she was one of a family of twelve children and that her mother died in 1779, aged seventy-nine. At the age of nine she went to live with an uncle in ...

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Bathurst, Ann (b. c. 1638, d. in or before 1704), diarist and prophet, is of unknown parentage. What little is known of her origins is found in the eight-page autobiography that begins her two-volume diary, 'Rhapsodical Meditations and Visions', a manuscript that covers the period 17 March 1679 to 21 October 1696 (...

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Churchman, John (1705–1775), Quaker minister and journal writer, was born on 4 August 1705 at Nottingham, Chester county, Pennsylvania, the son of John Churchman (d. 1724), farmer, and his wife, Hannah, née Cerie. He was a lifelong resident of Nottingham and deeply involved with the ...

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Clark, Andrew (1856–1922), Church of England clergyman, scholar, and diarist, was born on 5 June 1856 at Dollarfield, Clackmannanshire, the fifth son of Robert Clark, a farm worker, and his wife, Eliza Bowie. He was educated at Dollar Academy and from 1871 to 1875 at the ...

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Cocks, Sir Richard, second baronet (c. 1659–1726), parliamentary diarist and religious controversialist, was the eldest son of Richard Cocks (1633–1669) of the Middle Temple and his wife, Mary (d. 1669), daughter of Sir Robert Cooke of Highnam, Gloucestershire. Cocks was only ten years old when his father and mother both died, leaving him heir to his paternal grandfather's baronetcy and estate at ...

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Crosfield, Thomas (1602–1663), diarist and Church of England clergyman, was born on 14 May 1602 at Stricklandroger, in the parish of Kendal, Westmorland, the only son of Robert Crosfeild (b. 1573), scrivener, and of Barbara Philipson who died in his infancy. His father, who married secondly in 1606 ...

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Dugard, Thomas (bap. 1608, d. 1683), Church of England clergyman and diarist, was baptized on 10 April 1608, at Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, the second son of Henry Dugard (d. 1635) a clergyman and schoolmaster, and his wife, Elizabeth Kimberley. With his elder brother, ...

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Fithian, Philip Vickers (1747–1776), Presbyterian minister and diarist in America, was born on 29 December 1747 in Greenwich, New Jersey, the first of seven children of Joseph Fithian (1724–1772), farmer, and his wife, Hannah, née Vickers (1728–1772). Philip was probably baptized in the ...

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Fontaine, Jacques [James] (1658–1728), Reformed minister and diarist, was born on 7 April 1658 at Jenouillé, near Pons, in Charente, France, the tenth and youngest child, and fourth son, of Jacques Fontaine (1603–1666), Reformed minister at Vaux and Royon, and the fifth child of his father's second marriage, to ...

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Gibbons, Thomas (1720–1785), Independent minister and diarist, was born at Reach, Swaffham Prior, near Newmarket, on 31 May 1720, the son of Thomas Gibbons (c.1700–1757), sometime Independent minister at Olney, Buckinghamshire, and Royston, Hertfordshire, and his wife, Grace (1698/9–1764). After grammar school he was sent to the dissenting academy at ...