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Alison, Francis (1705–1779), Presbyterian minister and college principal in America, was born in the parish of Leck in co. Donegal, the son of Robert Alison, a weaver descended from emigrants from Scotland. His mother's name and ancestry are unknown. He may have received his early education at ...

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Burr, Aaron (1716–1757), Presbyterian minister and college head, was born on 4 January 1716 in Upper Meadows, near Fairfield, Connecticut. He was the last son of Daniel Burr and Elizabeth, née Pinkney, his third wife. His grandfather, of Celtic ancestry, had come to ...

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Davies, Samuel (1723–1761), Presbyterian minister and college head, was born on 3 November 1723 in the Welsh tract in Pencader hundred in New Castle county, Delaware, the first son of David Davies, a farmer, and his second wife, Martha Thomas. Both his parents were Welsh. Nothing in his background indicated that he would become a popular evangelist, prolific writer, and innovative educator. His parents were simple people who lacked education. His mother, however, placed her son in a school taught by the local Baptist minister, ...

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Dixon, Thomas (1679/80–1729), Presbyterian minister and college teacher, was probably the son of an episcopalian, but not, as formerly believed, of Thomas Dixon (d. 1704), who was ejected from the vicarage of Kelloe, co. Durham, as a nonconformist. Dixon studied at Manchester dissenting academy...