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Culverwell family (per. c. 1545–c. 1640), merchants and religious radicals, descended from William Culverwell of Wells, Somerset, and his wife (née Berney), who produced a remarkable family during the reign of Henry VIII. It included five surviving sons, three of whom gravitated to ...

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Ferrar, Nicholas (1593–1637), religious writer and administrator, was born in the city of London on 22 February 1593 and was baptized on 28 February at St Mary's, Stayning Lane. He was the fifth of six surviving children of Nicholas Ferrar (1544/5–1620), a successful merchant adventurer and master of the ...

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Furly, Benjamin (1636–1714), merchant and religious writer, was born on 13 April 1636 at Colchester, Essex, the fifth son of a linen draper, John Furly (c.1590–1673), later alderman and mayor of Colchester, and his wife, Ann. He was admitted to Colchester School...

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Heton, George (b. c. 1515, d. in or after 1598), merchant and religious activist, was described in the memorial inscription of his son Martin Heton, bishop of Ely, as (armiger (esquire)), and as descended from the family of Heton of Lancashire...

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Heton, Thomas (b. c. 1520, d. in or after 1587), merchant and religious activist, was probably the Thomas Etton made free of the Mercers' Company in 1539 as late apprentice of William Locke. Such a date suggests he was born about 1520. The memorial inscription of his nephew ...

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Mead, William (c. 1627–1713), Quaker patron and merchant, lived in London, where he became a prosperous linen draper and merchant; he was also a member of the Company of Merchant Taylors. He served as captain of a trained band and was a Seeker in religion, joining the presbyterians and Independents among others before finally becoming a Quaker early in 1670. Later that year, on 14 August, he was present at a large and crowded meeting in ...