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Maud Ballington Booth

Born: Sep 13, 1865

Death: Aug 26, 1948

Birthplace: Limpsfield

Nationality: United Kingdom

Maud Ballington Booth

Date of Birth : Sep 13, 1865
Date of Death : Aug 26, 1948
Birth Place : Limpsfield

Maud Elizabeth Charlesworth later changed her name to Maud Ballington Booth, was a Salvation Army leader and co-founder of the Volunteers of America. She was born in Limpsfield, near Oxted, Surrey, England, the daughter of the local Anglican rector. One of three girls, she was a sister to bestselling romance novelist, Florence L. Barclay. When she was four, her father, Rev. Samuel Charlesworth, moved his family to Limehouse in London. The work of both her parents there in social issues led to Maud’s interest for social welfare and social service. In 1882, she became a companion of Miss Catherine Booth in organizing a branch of the Salvation Army in Paris. In 1883, they went to Geneva, Switzerland, where they were both expelled after aggressive police interrogation. She stayed with the Booth family and worked in the London slums and elsewhere until her marriage to the second son of the founder of the Salvation Army, Ballington Booth in 1886, against her father's wishes. In 1896, Ballington and Maud left the Salvation Army after a dispute with General Booth, to co-found the Volunteers of America.

Also known as

  • Maud Elizabeth Charlesworth
  • Maud Booth


  • Ballington Booth
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