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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Francis Grierson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1848 in Birkenhead, England


Illinois Connection

Grierson lived in Sangamon County, Illinois for ten years. He also lived for a time in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Francis Grierson was born Benjamin Henry Jesse Francis Shepard - he took his mother's family name when he published Modern Mysticism in 1899. He was born on September 18, 1848, in the town of Birkenhead, across the Mersey River from Liverpool, England. Distressed by the widespread economic depression (which by 1850 had sent nearly 19,000 English settler to Illinois alone), his parents emigrated in 1849 and settled the same year in Sangamon County.

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