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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 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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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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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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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 ...