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Boothroyd, Benjamin (1768–1836), Independent minister and Hebrew scholar, was born at Warley, in the parish of Halifax, Yorkshire, on 10 October 1768, the son of a poor shoemaker there. He was sent to the village school, and left it when six years old, able to read the ...

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Gray, George Buchanan (1865–1922), Congregational minister and Hebrew scholar, was born at Blandford, Dorset, on 13 January 1865, the second son of the Revd Benjamin Gray, Congregational minister at Blandford, and his wife, Emma Jane, daughter of George Buchanan Kirkman. He was educated at private schools at ...

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Griffiths, Evan [pseud. Ieuan Ebblig] (1795–1873), Congregational minister and translator, was born on 18 January 1795 at Gellibeblig, Betws, near Bridgend, Glamorgan, the youngest of seven children. He was three years old when his father died, leaving his family in poverty. His mother taught him at home. He became a member of the neighbouring Independent church when he was thirteen, and at twenty-one was encouraged to preach. About this time he went for a year to a school kept by his own minister, the ...

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Sassamon, John (c. 1620–1675), translator and minister in America, was born in coastal Massachusetts before it became an English colony. Little is known of his early life. His parents, both Algonquian Indians, may have converted to Christianity in 1633 during a smallpox epidemic occasioned by the recent arrival of English colonists in ...