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Braithwaite, John (bap. 1633, d. c. 1680), Quaker apologist and missionary, was born at Cartmel, Lancashire, and baptized there on 24 March 1633; he was the son of James Braithwaite of Newton, in that parish.

Braithwaite became a Quaker in 1652 after meeting ...

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Cheevers [née Shenel], Sarah (c. 1608–1664?), Quaker missionary, declared to the Maltese Inquisition in 1658 that she was the daughter of Margaret and William ‘Shenel’ and was then aged about fifty. She married Henry Cheevers of Slaughterford, Wiltshire, with whom she had several children....

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Curwen, Thomas (c. 1610–1680), Quaker missionary, was born in Baycliff in the parish of Aldingham, near Ulverston in Furness, Lancashire; his parents' names are not known. About 1641 he married 'a strict religious professor' (Backhouse and others, 200); the maiden name and parentage of his wife, ...

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Eccles, Solomon (1617?–1682), musician and Quaker missionary, was probably baptized on 14 September 1617 at Hatfield, Hertfordshire, the son of Solomon Eccles. His father was a musician, but little else is known of Eccles's early life. He appears to have lived at ...

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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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Fell, Henry (c. 1630–1674x80), Quaker missionary, was from Lancashire but his parents are unknown; he had a brother, Thomas. His surname was common in Lancashire and it has not been possible to establish his kinship (if any) with Thomas Fell, judge, of Swarthmoor Hall...

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Fell, Leonard (1624–1701), Quaker missionary and writer, was the son of Thomas Fell of Baycliff, near Ulverston in the Furness district of north Lancashire. He took service in the nearby godly household of Thomas Fell (1598–1658) and Margaret Fell (1614–1702) at Swarthmoor Hall...

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Fisher [married names Bayly, Cross], Mary (c. 1623–1698), Quaker missionary, was born near York; her parents are not known (though the name Fisher appears to be her maiden name), and her date of birth derives from the description of her age as about thirty in 1653. A servant in the house of ...

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Harris, Elizabeth (fl. 1655/6–1663), Quaker missionary, whose place and date of birth are unknown, arrived in Maryland, North America, as an adult some time between late 1655 and mid-1656. Whether she was the first Quaker to reach American shores is debatable, since Ann Austin...

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Holme, Thomas (1626/7–1666), Quaker missionary, was born at Kendal in Westmorland to parents at present unknown, and was by trade a weaver. In 1652 he was convinced by William Gibson and later became 'the apostle of Quakerism in South Wales' (Braithwaite...

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Norton, Humphrey (fl. 1655–1660), Quaker missionary and author, first appears in the records in March 1655 when he was briefly imprisoned for his beliefs at Durham; he was also noted as preaching in Essex the same year. From September 1655 to May 1656 he lived in ...

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Robinson, George (b. c. 1638), Quaker missionary, was a London shoemaker who left England for Jerusalem in September 1657. He was then aged about eighteen or twenty, according to the testimony of friars who encountered him and his fellow Quaker Sarah Cheevers. From ...

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Rous, John (d. 1695), Quaker missionary, was born in Barbados, the son and heir of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Rous (d. before 1692), a wealthy planter of the parish of St Philip, Barbados, and one of the colony's leading landowners. In the mid-1650s Barbados...

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Stranger, Hannah (fl. 1656–1671), Quaker missionary, was the wife of John Stranger, combmaker of London. Hannah was one of the women who, with Martha Simmonds, challenged Francis Howgill and Edward Hubberthorne at London Friends' meetings in the summer of 1656, interrupting the meetings by singing. She and her husband were among the group who travelled to ...