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Blundell, Nicholas (1669–1737), diarist and landowner, was born on 1 September 1669 at Little Crosby Hall, Lancashire, the son of William Blundell (1645–1702) and his wife, Mary (d. 1707), daughter of Rowland Eyre of Hassop in Derbyshire. The eldest of fourteen children, he was educated at home by his grandfather ...

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Byrd, William (1674–1744), landowner and diarist, was born on 28 March 1674 near the fall line of the James River, Virginia, the first of five children of William Byrd (1652–1704), colonial officer and planter, and Mary Horsmanden Filmer (1650–1699), a well-connected widow and daughter of ...

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William Byrd (1674–1744) attrib. Hans Hysing, c. 1725 The Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia

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Carter, Landon (1710–1778), diarist and planter in America, was born on 18 August 1710 at Corotoman, his family's country seat in Lancaster county, Virginia, the son of a very wealthy first-generation Virginian, Robert (King) Carter (1663–1732), a planter–merchant member of the king's council in ...

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Cresswell [née Hogge], Louisa Mary [Louise] (1830–1916), farmer and autobiographer, was born in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, on 31 May 1830, the daughter of William Hogge (or Hogg) (1785/6–1862) and his wife, Eliza (or Elisabeth), née Wells (1786/7–1850). She was the tenth of eleven children, born into a prosperous and ambitious family. Her father was a successful businessman with interests in banking, brewing, and malting, and shops and premises in ...

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Davenport, William (bap. 1584, d. 1655), landowner and diarist, was baptized in Stockport, Cheshire, on 25 March 1584, the son and heir of Sir William Davenport (1563–1627) of Bramhall and Dorothy Warren (fl. 1566?–1615), the daughter of a neighbouring gentleman. William Davenport...

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Haines, Richard (bap. 1633, d. 1685), farmer and pamphleteer, was baptized on 4 or 14 May 1633, the eldest son of Gregory Haines, yeoman farmer of Shere in Surrey and Sullington in Sussex, and his wife, Elizabeth Pollard. He farmed at Sullington, near ...

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Mayett, Joseph (1783–1839), agricultural labourer and autobiographer, was born on 12 March 1783 at Quainton, Buckinghamshire. He was the second of the eight children born to Mary (c.1749–1829/30), the wife of Joseph Mayett (1743/4–1826), a day labourer, though his father had had two children from a previous marriage. Most of these ten children died in their infancy, and 'four was the most that ever was living at one time' (...

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Paston, John (1421–1466), landowner and letter writer, was the eldest son of William Paston (1378–1444) of Paston in Norfolk, justice of common pleas, and his wife, Agnes (d. 1479), daughter and coheir of Sir Edmund Barry of Orwellbury, Hertfordshire. He was born on 10 October 1421. ...

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Paston [née Knyvett], Katherine, Lady Paston (bap. 1578, d. 1629), estate manager and letter writer, was baptized on 22 June 1578 at Ashwellthorpe in north Norfolk, one of six surviving children of Sir Thomas Knyvett (d. 1618) and his wife, Muriel (...