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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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Belknap, Jeremy (1744–1798), Congregationalist minister in America and historian, was born on 4 June 1744 in Ann Street, Boston, Massachusetts, the eldest son of Joseph Belknap (d. 1797), a moderately prosperous leather dresser and furrier, and Sarah Byles. A fifth-generation New Englander on his father's side, ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by J. M. V. Quinn

Brook, Benjamin (1776–1848), Independent minister and historian, was born at Nether Thong, near Huddersfield. As a youth he joined the Independent church at Holmfield, under the pastoral care of the Revd Robert Gallond. In 1797 he entered Rotherham Independent college as a student for the ministry. In 1801 he became the first pastor of the Congregational church at ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by Anne Pimlott Baker

Browne, John (1823–1886), Congregational minister and historian, was born on 6 February 1823 at North Walsham, Norfolk, the elder son in the family of two sons and two daughters of James Browne (1781–1857), Congregational minister of North Walsham, and his first wife, Eliza (...

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Evans, John (1679/80–1730), Presbyterian minister and historian, was born at Wrexham, Denbighshire, the son of John Evans (1628/9–1700), dissenting minister and schoolmaster, and his wife, Katherine (bap. 1638), widow of Vavasor Powell (1617–1670), Independent minister, and the fifth daughter of Gilbert Gerard...

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Hubbard, William (1621/2–1704), minister in America and historian, was the second son of William Hubbard (1594–1670), husbandman, of Tendring, Essex, and his wife, Judith, daughter of John Knapp and Martha Blosse of Ipswich, Suffolk. His father and mother, with their six children, emigrated to ...

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Neal, Daniel (1678–1743), Independent minister and historian, was born in London on 14 December 1678. His parents died when he was very young, and he was raised by his maternal uncle in London. In September 1686 he enrolled at the Merchant Taylors' School...

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Peel, Albert (1887–1949), Congregational minister and historian, was born on 20 March 1887 at Craven Lane, Gomersal, near Dewsbury, Yorkshire, the eldest of three children of Rawson Peel, a joiner journeyman, and his wife, Louisa, née Garnett. He attended Heckmondwike grammar school and, after working as a pupil teacher at ...

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J. E. Lloyd

revised by Mari A. Williams

Rees, Thomas (1815–1885), Congregational minister and historian, son of Thomas Rees and his wife, Hannah William, was born at Pen Pontbren in the parish of Llanfynydd, Carmarthenshire, on 13 December 1815. He was brought up by his mother's family at Banc-y-fer, Llangathen, and helped his grandfather, ...

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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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Waddington, John (1810–1880), Congregational minister and historian, born at Leeds on 10 December 1810, was the son of George and Elizabeth Waddington. As a boy he was deeply religious and began to preach at the age of fifteen. He trained for the ministry at ...