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Adams, Mary (supp. fl. 1652), self-proclaimed virgin mother, is a fiction whose existence rests in the creation of one pamphlet formed around her alleged misdeeds and blasphemies. This work is called The Ranters Monster and was printed in London for George Horton in March 1652. ...

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(Florence) Lucy Appleby (1920–2008) by unknown photographer, 1960s by kind permission of the Appleby family

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Appleby [née Walley], (Florence) Lucy (1920–2008), cheese-maker, was born on 1 February 1920 at Lighteach Farm, Whitchurch, Shropshire, one of eight children of Alfred Edward Walley (1886–1954), a farmer and Baptist minister, and his wife, Sarah, née Pierpoint (1891–1964). She was educated at the high school at ...

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Attaway, Mrs (fl. 1645–1646), Baptist preacher, was of unknown parentage and background. Her early years are obscure but by 1645 she was said to have been a London lacewoman with a husband in the army.

A member of Thomas Lambe's Baptist congregation, Attaway...

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Balfour, Clara Lucas [née Clara Lucas] (1808–1878), advocate of women's advancement and temperance activist, was born in the New Forest, Hampshire, on 21 December 1808. She was the only child of John Lydell Lucas (c.1767–1818), a butcher and cattle dealer from ...

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Beaumont, Agnes (bap. 1652, d. 1720), religious autobiographer, was born in Edworth, Bedfordshire, where she was baptized Ann on 1 September 1652, the youngest of seven children (of whom three died in infancy) of John Beaumont, yeoman farmer of Edworth, and his wife, ...

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Benham, Gertrude Emily [Truda] (1867–1938), traveller and collector, was born at 63 Welbeck Street, Marylebone, London, on 30 July 1867, the youngest of six children of Frederick Benham (c.1824–1891), a member of the firm of West End stove manufacturers founded by her grandfather ...

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Enid Mary Blyton (1897–1968) by John Gay, 1949 [right, with her daughter Imogen Pollock] © Estate of John Gay; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blyton [married names Pollock, Darrell Waters], Enid Mary (1897–1968), children's writer, was born on 11 August 1897 at 354 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, London, the eldest child of Thomas Carey Blyton (1870–1920), a salesman, and his wife, Theresa Mary, née Harrison (1874–1950)...

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Bowman [née Bradford], Laura (1881–1957), musical entertainer, was born in Quincy, Illinois, USA, on 3 October 1881, the daughter of Charles Bradford (c.1850–c.1915), bartender, and his wife, Lois Adelaide, née Yeates (c.1850–1912). After being taken by her aunt for an education in ...

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Brown, Dame Edith Mary (1864–1956), medical missionary and founder of the North India School of Medicine for Christian Women, was born on 24 March 1864 at Bank Buildings, 10A Coats Lane, Whitehaven, Cumberland. One of six children, she was the second of three daughters born to ...

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Burrows [née Bliss], Esther Elizabeth (1847–1935), college head, was born on 18 October 1847 at Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, the third child and second daughter of William Bliss (1810–1883), a cloth manufacturer in the town, and his wife, Esther (1808–1882), daughter of Robert Cleaver...

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Calvert, Elizabeth (d. 1675?), bookseller, was the wife of Giles Calvert (bap. 1615, d. 1663) and sister-in-law of the Quaker Martha Simmonds; details of Elizabeth's origins are unknown, though she may have been a descendant of the London printer Henry Ballard (d...

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Channing [née Brooks], Mary (1687–1706), murderer, was born in May 1687 at Dorchester in Dorset, to Baptist parents, Richard and Elizabeth Brooks. Mary was not baptized until 17 March 1706, four days before her execution. She had one younger brother and one elder, who worked as a silversmith. On 15 January 1705 she married ...

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Chappellsmith [née Reynolds], Margaret (1806–1883), socialist lecturer, was born in February 1806 in Aldgate, London. Her family was probably upper working class and she had at least three sisters and two brothers. She was a staunch Baptist until her early adulthood, when a friend of her sister's introduced her to the ideas of ...

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Coker, Frances [Fanny] (1767–1820), freed slave and domestic servant, was born on 26 August 1767 on Mountravers plantation, Nevis, in the West Indies, the first of five children of Black Polly (b. c.1752, d. in or after 1823). Her mother was probably enslaved in ...

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Esther Copley (1786–1851) by unknown photographer © reserved

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Copley [née Beuzeville; other married name Hewlett], Esther (1786–1851), writer, was born on 10 May 1786, probably in London, the youngest daughter of a prosperous Spitalfields silk manufacturer, Peter (Pierre) Beuzeville (1741–1812), and his wife, Mary (Marie) Griffith Meredith (1744–1811), both of French Huguenot descent. Her father retired from business and settled at ...

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Winifred Emma Cushing [Patience Strong] (1907–1990) by Howard Coster, 1936 © National Portrait Gallery, London