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Axon, William Edward Armytage (1846–1913), librarian and antiquary, was born on 13 January 1846, at 12 Honduras Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester. He was the illegitimate son of Edward Armytage, clothing manufacturer, and Lydia Whitehead, a servant girl in his household, aged fifteen. Lydia Whitehead...

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Jeaffreson, John Cordy (1831–1901), writer and archivist, was born at Framlingham, Suffolk, on 14 January 1831, the second son and ninth child of William Jeaffreson (1790–1865), surgeon, and his wife, Caroline, née Edwards (1795–1863). He was named after his mother's uncle, John Cordy (1762–1828)...

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Martineau, Russell (1831–1898), Hebraist and librarian, was born on 18 January 1831 in Dublin, the eldest son of James Martineau (1805–1900), Unitarian minister, and Helen (1804–1877), eldest daughter of Edward Higginson. He was educated at home and in Germany before entering University College, London...

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Smith, Lucy Toulmin (1838–1911), literary scholar and librarian, was born at Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on 21 November 1838, of English parents, Joshua Toulmin Smith (1816–1869), barrister, and his wife, Martha (d. 1887), daughter of William Jones Kendall. Her great-great-grandfather was the eminent Unitarian divine ...