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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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Thistlewood, Thomas (1721–1786), slave owner and diarist, was born on 16 March 1721 at Tupholme, Lincolnshire, the second son of Robert Thistlewood (1675–1727), a farmer, and his wife, Jane, née Langstaffe (1696–1738). After attending schools in Ackworth, Yorkshire, he learned agriculture and worked as a farm-hand for several ...