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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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James Marshall Hendrix (1942–1970) by unknown photographer, 1970 [at the Isle of Wight festival] Getty Images

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Hendrix, James Marshall [Jimi] (1942–1970), rock musician and songwriter, was born on 27 November 1942 at the King County Hospital (which became the Harborview Medical Center), Seattle, Washington, USA, the first child of James Allen Hendrix (b. 1919), landscape gardener, and his first wife, ...

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Jenkins, Edmund Thornton (1894–1926), composer and jazz musician, was born on 9 April 1894 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, one of eight sons and three daughters of Daniel Joseph Jenkins (1862–1937), Baptist minister, and his wife, Lena, née James (1865–1912). His father's efforts for his fellow African-Americans placed the family in a musical environment, for practical tuition at the ...

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Rimmer, William (1861–1936), bandmaster and composer, was born in Southport and was to live there for the whole of his life. Encouraged by his father, Thomas Rimmer, bandmaster of the local volunteer regiment, to develop his musical skills, he learned the piano at the age of nine, joined the band as drummer at fifteen, and emerged as an accomplished cornet player by his early twenties. The brass-band movement, whose heartland lay in the textile and mining communities of ...

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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 ...

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Swain, Joseph (1761–1796), Baptist minister and hymn writer, was born in Birmingham. Early left an orphan, he was apprenticed to an engraver of that town at a young age. He served the latter part of his apprenticeship in London with his brother. In 1782 he came under conviction of sin, and on 11 May 1783 he was baptized by ...

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Turner, Daniel (1710–1798), hymn writer, was born at Blackwater Farm, near St Albans, on 1 March 1710. He was educated for the ministry by Philip James of Hemel Hempstead and then kept a boarding-school in that town, but at the same time made a reputation as an occasional preacher in Baptist chapels. In 1741 he was called to be pastor of the Baptist church in ...

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William, Dafydd (c. 1720–1794), Welsh-language hymn writer, was born in the parish of Llanedi, Carmarthenshire. He moved during his early years to Llandeilo Tal-y-bont, Glamorgan, going on in 1774 to Basaleg, Monmouthshire, and finally in 1777 to Llanbedr-y-fro (Peterston-super-Ely) in the Vale of Glamorgan...