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Ann Lee

Born: 29-Feb-1736
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Died: 8-Sep-1784
Location of death: Watervliet, NY
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Shaker Cemetery, Colonie, NY

Gender: Female
Religion: Christian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Religion

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Mother Ann, Founder of the Shakers

Having experienced four miscarriages and four children who died in infancy, it is understandable that Ann Lee developed an opposition to sexual intercourse. She received a revelatory vision in 1770 affirming this, also in which she apparently became the feminine incarnation of Jesus Christ. A second vision in 1774 sent her and eight followers, including her husband, to America. Around her a "Shaker" community developed, opposed to marriage and intercourse, promoting frugality. Such a community being not self-sustaining, it always needed new recruits. Upon her death, followers formalized themselves as the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing. Small remnants of the movement survive to this day, known for their handmade furniture.

Husband: Abraham Standley (m. circa 1762, separated 1776, four children)

    Miscarriage (four, in England)
    Founded Religion
    Subversion 1780 (imprisoned 5 months)

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