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    Journal of Mercy Ransom
  • Reference
    MS BOX 2/11/3
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    Journal her visits to Bristol and Bath, Somerset.
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    1 gathering
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    • Ransom, Mercy, 1728-1811
      Mercy Ransom (born Bell), the 10th child and 5th daughter of Benjamin Bell and his wife, Mercy (born Wragg) of Leadenhall Street, London, was born there on 15 June 1728.(1) Her father was a Quaker druggist, a citizen of London and a member of the Glover's Company. She was probably educated at Tottenham, London, from 1738 to 1743. Many distinguished Friends were entertained in her family home and she came to know some of them, like the Fothergills, very well. She kept a neat and full diary of these visits and of her own spiritual battles. At the age of 30 she was married in 1757 to Stamper Bland, a citizen and banker of Lombard Street, London.(2) She was his second wife and there were no children. Stamper Bland did not long survive the marriage, but died on 7 May 1761 in his 42 year. After her husband's death, Mercy Bland went to live in Norwich, Norfolk, probably to keep house for her widowed brother-in-law, John Oxley, who had married her sister, Elizabeth Bell. In 1765 she married, as his second wife, Joseph Ransom (1716-1779) of Hitchin, Hertfordshire.(3) There were no children of this second marriage and her husband died in 1779 leaving her a widow for the second time after only 14 years of marriage. She continued to live at Hitchin until her death and was known as "steady and exemplary and always holding the things that are most excellent in the highest estimation." She was recorded a minister in 1784 and became well known throughout the country. She travelled extensively in Great Britain and Ireland and on some of her journeys had as her companion her old friend, Sarah Grawley. She was greatly valued and revered by her relations and friends and her advice and counsel were often sought. In 1802 she had a fall which prevented her from travelling for a while and she was sometimes conveyed to meeting in a chair. Mercy Ransom of Hitchin died on 25 May 1811, aged 83.(4) __________________________________________________________ 1. There is no entry in London and Middlesex Quarterly Meeting Digest Register of Births. 2. The wedding was at Devonshire House, London, on 17 March 1757. He is described as a citizen and banker of Lombard Street, London, the son of John and Elizabeth Bland of Lombard Street. She is described as the daughter of Benjamin and Mercy Bell, late of Leadenhall Street, London (London and Middlesex Quarterly Meeting Digest Register of Marriages) 3. The wedding was at Tottenham, London, on 16 May 1765. He is described as mealman of Hitchin, the son of Joseph and Mary Ransom of Hitchin. She is described as a widow of Stamper Bland and daughter of Benjamin Bell of Leadenhall Street, London. (London and Middlesex Quarterly Meeting Digest Register of Marriages) 4. Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Quarterly Meeting Digest Register of Burials. She is described as a widow.
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