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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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Fleury, Maria de (fl. 1773–1791), religious controversialist and hymn writer, was based in Cripplegate, London, but little is known of her family and background, other than that she had a brother who married about 1773. An active member of a circle of moderate Calvinist Baptists and other dissenters, she published several pieces on the theological and political controversies of the day. She was a Baptist but the Independent minister ...

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Saffery, Maria Grace (bap. 1772?, d. 1858), hymn writer and poet, was probably the child baptized on 30 November 1772 at Greenham, near Newbury, Berkshire, the daughter of James Andrews and his wife, Mary, according to the IGI; however, the Dictionary of National Biography...

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Steele, Anne (1717–1778), hymn writer and poet, daughter of William Steele (1689–1769), timber merchant and Baptist pastor, was born at Broughton, Hampshire. In 1769 the family moved from the village to Broughton House nearby. The view from the terrace walk in the garden is said to have inspired her poem ...