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Backus, Isaac (1724–1806), Baptist minister and historian in America, was born on 9 January 1724 at Norwich, Connecticut, the fourth of eleven children of Samuel Backus (1694–1740), farmer and ironworks owner, and Elizabeth (1698–1769), daughter of John Tracy and Elizabeth Leffingwell. Both of ...

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Callender, John (1706–1748), Baptist minister and historian in America, was born on 7 June 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts, the first of the four children of John Callender (1674–1742), shopkeeper, and his wife, Priscilla (1680–1716), daughter of John Ballard of Lynn, Massachusetts, and his wife, ...

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Ivimey, Joseph (1773–1834), Particular Baptist minister and historian, was born on 22 May 1773 at Ringwood, the eldest of the eight children of Charles Ivimey (d. 1820), a tailor, and his wife, Sarah Tilly (d. 1830). His father's improvidence dictated that ...

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Kimber, Isaac (1692–1755), General Baptist minister and historian, was born at Wantage, Berkshire, on 1 December 1692, the son of Isaac and Mary Kimber. He attended the private grammar school in Wantage run by the Revd Mr Slopes and then continued his classical studies under ...

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Richards, William (1749–1818), General Baptist minister and historian, was born in early 1749 in Boncath, Penrhydd parish, Pembrokeshire, the son of Henry Richards (1708/9–1768), a farmer, who moved in 1758 to Pen-coed, Meidrim, Carmarthenshire, and his wife, Mary (c.1717–1801); both parents were committed Particular Baptists. He received only a year's schooling, in his twelfth year; nevertheless, with paternal backing, he successfully educated himself. On 3 March 1769 he received believer's baptism at ...

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Thomas, Joshua (1719–1797), Particular Baptist minister and historian, was born on 22 February 1719 at Tŷ-hen, Caeo, Carmarthenshire, the eldest son of Thomas Morgan (c.1690–1760), carpenter, and his wife, Jane Hughes (b. c.1689). After a rudimentary education at a school kept by the Independent minister ...

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Thompson, Josiah (c. 1724–1806), Particular Baptist minister and historian, was born at Shrewsbury, the son of the Revd Josiah Thompson (1692–1780), Baptist minister. He was born in the same parish as the Revd Job Orton (1717–1783), with whom he later corresponded for many years. From October 1742 he was educated for the nonconformist ministry at ...

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Joshua Toulmin (1740–1815) by George Clint, pubd 1810 (after Richard Bonington) Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Toulmin, Joshua (1740–1815), Unitarian minister and historian, was born in Aldersgate Street, London, on 30 April 1740. He was the son of Caleb Toulmin of Aldersgate Street and his wife, Mary, daughter of Thomas Skinner. In later life he acknowledged his debt to the religious values of his nonconformist upbringing. In 1748 he entered ...

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Wood, Herbert George (1879–1963), theologian and historian, was born on 2 September 1879 in London, the second of three children of the Revd John Roskruge Wood (1838–1917), minister of Upper Holloway Baptist Church, and his wife, Frances Anne Wren (1847/8–1886...