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Avery [née Parker], Elizabeth (fl. 1614–1653), prophetess, was the daughter of Robert Parker (c. 1564–1614) and his wife, Dorothy Stevens (d. 1649/50). She was one of three children; her sister, Sarah, was baptized on 15 April 1593 and her brother, Thomas Parker (1595–1677)...

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Bendish [née Ireton], Bridget (1649/50–1726), granddaughter of Oliver Cromwell, was the daughter of Henry Ireton (bap. 1611, d. 1651), parliamentarian army officer and regicide, and his wife, Bridget Fleetwood (bap. 1624, d. 1662), daughter of Oliver Cromwell, lord protector. Her mother married ...

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Booth [née Mumford], Catherine (1829–1890), evangelist and writer, was born on 17 January 1829 at Ashbourne, Derbyshire, the fourth of five children. Only she and her younger brother, John, survived. Her father, John Mumford (1804–1879), was a coach builder and wheelwright, and for some years a Wesleyan Methodist lay preacher. Her mother, ...

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Catherine Booth (1829–1890) by unknown photographer The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre

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Dutton [née Williams], Anne (1691x5–1765), writer and autobiographer, was born in Northampton of devout parents (in 1691/1692 according to her gravestone, in 1695 according to her memoirs). Reared in a religious climate of hyper-Calvinism, increasing missionary zeal, and heightened passion for religious liberty, ...

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Evans [née Canual or Canval], Katharine (c. 1618–1692), Quaker missionary, declared to the Maltese inquisition in 1658 that she was the daughter of Anne and Roger ‘Canual’ and that she was then aged about forty; this was an Italian rendering of her maiden name, which may have been ...

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Highmore [née Hiller], Susanna (1689/90–1750), poet, was the daughter of Anthony Hiller of Effingham, Surrey (d. 1725), and his wife, who died in 1731. On 28 May 1716 Susanna, 'an heiress', married Joseph Highmore (1692–1780), portrait painter. They lived in the parish of ...

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Hutchinson [née Apsley], Lucy (1620–1681), poet and biographer, was born, according to her own account, on 29 January 1620 in the Tower of London, the second of the ten children of Sir Allen Apsley (1566/7–1630), lieutenant of the Tower, and his third wife, ...

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Lucy Hutchinson (1620–1681) by Samuel Freeman, pubd c.1825-1850 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Murray [née Norman; other married name Bennet], Grace (1715–1803), follower of Methodism, daughter of Robert and Grace Norman, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne on 23 January 1715 into a Church of England family. At twenty-one she married Alexander Murray (d...

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Nimmo, Margaret Jane (1850–1938), headmistress, was born on 20 October 1850 at 9 Ash Grove, South Hackney, Middlesex, the daughter of David Nimmo, an Independent minister, and his wife, Mary (née Hutton). Until 1865 she was educated at home, but thereafter she took advantage of the new educational opportunities opening up for women. From 1865 to 1869 she attended ...

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Noel [formerly Edwardes; née Middleton], Diana, suo jure Baroness Barham (1762–1823), evangelical patron, was born on 18 September 1762 at Barham Court, Teston, Kent, the only child of Sir Charles Middleton (1726–1813), first lord of the Admiralty, tory MP for Rochester, and one of the nation's leading agriculturists, who was created ...

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Parr, Susanna (fl. 1650–1659), religious writer, is of unknown parents and background. Nothing is known of her early life, but by 1654 she had married a Mr Parr. What is known of Susanna is chronicled in six or more pamphlets documenting religious disputes in ...

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Rowe [née Singer], Elizabeth (1674–1737), poet and devotional writer, was born on 11 September 1674 at Ilchester, Somerset, the eldest of the three daughters of Walter Singer (d. 1719) and his wife, Elizabeth Portnell. Her father had been a nonconformist minister, and during the reign of ...

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Rowlandson [née White; other married name Talcott], Mary (c. 1637–1711), colonist in America and author, was born in Somerset, probably at South Petherton, daughter of John White (1602–1673), farmer, and his wife, Joan West (1606–1654). In 1639 her parents migrated with other puritans to ...

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Saxby [née Howell], Mary (1738–1801), vagrant and memoirist, was born in London, the daughter of John Howell, a silk weaver, and his wife, Susanna, who died soon afterwards during childbirth. Mary's father remarried and had two further sons, one of whom—together with ...

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Scott [married names Williams, Smith], Elizabeth (1707/8–1776), hymn writer, was born at Hitchin, Hertfordshire, the daughter of Thomas Scott (1679/80–1746), Independent minister, and his wife. Joseph Nicoll Scott (1702/3–1769) and Thomas Scott (1705–1775) were her brothers. In 1709 the family moved to ...

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Venn, Anne (bap. 1627, d. 1654), religious radical and diarist, was baptized in London on 1 January 1627 at All Hallows, Bread Street, the only daughter of John Venn (bap. 1586, d. 1650), a silk merchant trading from his shop on Bread Street...

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Weeton [married name Stock], Nelly [Ellen] (1776–1849), letter writer and governess, was born on 25 December 1776 in Lancaster, possibly in Church Street, the second of the four children of Thomas Weeton (1744–1782), privateersman and slave-ship captain, and Mary (1746?–1797), daughter of ...