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George Bradshaw (1801–1853) by Richard Evans, 1841 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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G. C. Boase

revised by Philip S. Bagwell

Bradshaw, George (1801–1853), compiler of railway guides, only son of Thomas Bradshaw and his wife, Mary Rogers, was born at Windsor Bridge, Pendleton, Salford, Lancashire, on 29 July 1801. His parents, although of limited means, gave him a good education, placing him under the care of a ...

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Chalkley, Thomas (1675–1741), Quaker minister and master mariner, was born on 3 May 1675 in Southwark, London, the son of George Chalkley (c.1642–1725), a Quaker tradesman, and his wife, Rebecca, née Harding (c.1643–1694). The main source for a biography of ...

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Coxere, Edward (bap. 1633, d. 1694), sailor, was baptized on 16 June 1633 at St Mary's Church, Dover, the seventh (but second surviving) child of John Coxere (d. 1633), sailor, and his wife, Wealthan, née Peace. His mother, widowed when he was only five months old, quickly married a local cordwainer, ...

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Miller Christy

revised by Alan R. Griffin

Ellis, John (1789–1862), railway promoter and politician, was born on 3 August 1789 at Sharman's Lodge, near Leicester, the eldest of six children of Joseph Ellis (1755–1810), farmer, and his wife, Rebekah, née Burgess (1760–1826), who was Joseph's second cousin. Both parents were Quakers....

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Hustler, John (1715–1790), wool stapler and canal promoter, was born on 5 October 1715 at the family farm, Apple Tree Farm, Low Fold, Bolton, near Bradford, Yorkshire, the eldest son of William Hustler of Steeton (d. 11 May 1759), wool stapler and merchant, and his wife, ...

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A. F. Pollard and Charlotte Fell-Smith

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Pease, Edward (1767–1858), woollen manufacturer and railway promoter, born at Darlington on 31 May 1767, was the eldest son of Joseph Pease, woollen manufacturer, and his wife, Mary Richardson. A brother, Joseph (1772–1846), was one of the founders of the Peace Society in 1817, and a supporter of the ...

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Edward Pease (1767–1858) by William Miller © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Richardson, John Wigham (1837–1908), shipbuilder, was born on 7 January 1837 in Torquay, Devon, where his family was spending the winter, the second son in the family of four sons and seven daughters of Edward Richardson (1806–1863), leather manufacturer, of Newcastle upon Tyne...

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Tennant, Henry (1823–1910), railway administrator, was born at Countersett on the shores of Semmerwater, near Bainbridge in Wensleydale. Little is known about his background, but his family were strong Quakers, and he undertook his education at Ackworth, the well-known Quaker school near Pontefract...

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Worsdell family (per. c. 1800–1910), coach and carriage builders and engineers, originated with Thomas Clarke Worsdell (1788–1862), born on 3 December 1788 at Hayes, near Bromley in Kent. He was the son of Thomas Clarke Worsdell (1748–1826), a market gardener in ...

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Yerkes, Charles Tyson (1837–1905), financier of urban transport systems, was born on 28 June 1837 at Philadelphia, son of Charles Tyson Yerkes, who became president of a local bank, and his wife, Elizabeth Link, née Broom. A Quaker by upbringing, he left the ...