John Humfrey was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire in January 1621 and died, probably in London, towards the end of 1719. He was educated at Pembroke College, Oxford, graduating BA in 1641 and MA in 1647. As a Royalist he was obliged to leave Oxford when it was occupied by Parliamentarians. Originally ordained by Presbyters and contrary to Anglican law, he nonetheless became vicar of Frome Selwood in Somerset in 1649. He agreed to a second ordination by the Bishop of Bath and Wells, publishing a defence of this practice in 1661. He soon regretted what he had done and, in the next year, he published A Second Discourse about re-ordination. His retraction led to his being ejected from his living after the Act of Uniformity in 1662. He moved to London, where he gathered a congregation which eventually settled in Petticoat Lane, Whitechapel. He remained there, retaining his bodily and mental vigour well after he was ninety years old.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.