Backhouse, John a minister of the Society of Friends, was born at Darlington; England, in 1784. In 1813 he began to preach, thus yielding to a duty which he had long felt. He was unassuming and simple in all his ministrations. He travelled extensively through England and Scotland, preaching in various places. He died Aug. 17, 1847. See (Lond.) Annual Monitor, 1848, p. 14.