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Bonython, Richard (bap. 1580, d. 1647x54), soldier and planter in America, was baptized on 8 April 1580 at St Columb Major, Cornwall, a younger son and one of eight children of John Bonython and his wife, Eleanor Myleinton. Nothing else is known of his early life. He married by 1607 ...

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Cosby, Francis (d. 1580), soldier and planter in Ireland, was the second son of John Cosby of Hermaston, Lincolnshire, and Mabel Agard. Arrived in Ireland by 1548, he distinguished himself as a soldier in the midlands, writing detailed accounts of his exploits against the Gaelic clans of ...

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Forrest, Arthur (d. 1770), naval officer and planter; details of his parents and upbringing are unknown. Prior to his joining the Royal Navy he was a petty officer who traded to Cartagena as a mate or master of a merchantman and who volunteered as a pilot. By December 1740 he had passed his lieutenant's examination and was appointed to command the sloop ...

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Marion, Francis (1732–1795), planter and revolutionary army officer in America, was born at Goatfield plantation near the Cooper River, St John's parish, Berkeley county, South Carolina, the sixth of six children of Gabriel Marion (1693–1747), planter, and Esther Cordes (1695–1757). Francis was of French Huguenot ancestry and at birth 'not larger than a ...

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McIntosh, Lachlan (1727–1806), planter and revolutionary army officer in America, was born on 5 March 1727 at Badenoch, Inverness-shire, the son of John Mohr McIntosh (c.1700–1761), and his wife, Marjorie Fraser. In 1735 Lachlan accompanied his parents and over a hundred Scots of clan ...

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Pickens, Andrew (1739–1817), planter and revolutionary army officer in America, was born on 19 September 1739 in Paxton township, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. The third of six children of Andrew Pickens (c.1699–1757), farmer, and Anne Davis (d. c.1762), Andrew was of Scots-Irish and French Huguenot descent. In the early 1740s the family moved to ...

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Venables, Edward Frederick (1815–1858), indigo planter and volunteer soldier, was born on 5 May 1815, the third son of Lazarus Jones Venables (1772–1856), barrister, of Liverpool and Woodhill, Shropshire, and his wife, Alice, daughter of Thomas Jolley of Liverpool. He early went to ...