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Bates, Elisha (10 July 1781–05 October 1861), Quaker controversialist and publisher, was born near Scimino, York County, Virginia, the son of Benjamin Bates and Hannah (maiden name unknown), farmers. Largely self-educated, Bates studied medicine for a time, learned printing, worked as a surveyor, and operated a Quaker school. Marrying Sarah Jordan Harrison in 1803, Bates fathered six children. From 1813 to 1816 he served as clerk of the Virginia Yearly Meeting. Circumstances, even for a farmer, surveyor, and schoolmaster, proved trying for an antislavery Quaker in eastern Virginia, particularly after Bates attracted public attention with his pamphlet ...

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Jansen, Reinier ( April 1648?– February 1706), Quaker and printer, was born probably in Harlingen, Friesland, the Netherlands, the son of Jan Reiners Jansen and Jancke Keimpes. Little is known about Jansen’s early life and even less can be documented. J. G. Riewald, a Dutch scholar who did research on both sides of the Atlantic, published a biography in 1970 in which he corrected many errors made by earlier writers and pieced together as much as he could verify along with surmises and tentative conclusions. While Riewald found that Jansen was married with two children by 1670, he did not discover the wife’s name nor the dates of their marriage or her death. Court records indicate he married Sjoucken Jans in 1676, but she must have died not long after, for a Harlingen deed dated 17 November 1678 lists his wife at that time as Trijntje Hedserts. Jansen had at least seven children in his three marriages....

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Nicholson, Timothy (02 November 1828–15 September 1924), Quaker reformer and printer, was born in Perquimans County, North Carolina, the son of Josiah Nicholson, a teacher and farmer, and Anna White. Both parents came from families long prominent in Quaker affairs in North Carolina, and by Timothy Nicholson’s own account, their influence and that of Quaker neighbors was such that he never questioned Quaker teachings. He was educated in the Quaker Belvidere Academy in Perquimans County and at the Friends Boarding School (now Moses Brown School) in Providence, Rhode Island. He married twice, first in 1853 to Sarah N. White, who died in 1865, and then in 1868 to her sister, Mary White. There were six children by the first marriage and two by the second....