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Brent, Margaret (c. 1601–c. 1671), colonist and proprietary agent in America, was born in England, the eldest daughter of Catholic gentry parents, Richard Brent (1573–1652) of the manor of Lark Stoke and Admington in Gloucestershire, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Giles Reed...

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Calvert, Cecil, second Baron Baltimore (1605–1675), colonial promoter, was born on 8 August 1605, probably in Kent, and baptized on 2 March 1606, the son of George Calvert, first Baron Baltimore (1579/80–1632), statesman, and his first wife, Anne (1579–1622), the daughter of George Mynne...

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Cecil Calvert, second Baron Baltimore (1605–1675) by Abraham Blooteling, 1657 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Calvert, George, first Baron Baltimore (1579/80–1632), courtier and colonist in America, was born in Kiplin in Catterick parish, Yorkshire, the son of Leonard Calvert (b. c.1550) and Alica Crosland (d. early 1580s). He was descended from a Roman Catholic family that had been in ...

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George Calvert, first Baron Baltimore (1579/8080–1632) by Daniel Mytens, 1627 © reserved

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Chisholm [née Jones], Caroline (1808–1877), immigration administrator, was born on 30 May 1808 at Wootton, Northampton, the youngest of twelve children of William Jones, a farmer, and his fourth wife, Sarah. Educated at home, she was brought up as an Anglican in a family tradition of practical service to the poor and the community. On 27 December 1830 she married Captain ...

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Garakonte [Daniel Garakontié] (d. 1677), Native American leader, is of unknown parentage. He first appears in Euro-American documents in May 1654, when he led a delegation of Onondaga Iroquois to Montreal. By that time he had already achieved prominence as an orator, or ritual specialist who spoke for hereditary chiefs on public occasions. There is no evidence that he himself held a hereditary title or was a clan headman. Yet in the general ferment caused by European colonization, orators often achieved influence far beyond their traditional role....

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Grogan, Ewart Scott (1874–1967), settler in Kenya, was born on 12 December 1874 at 61 Eaton Square, Belgravia, son of William Grogan (1824–1891), a fashionable house and estate agent, and his second wife, Jane Sams, née Scott (1846–1895), a widow. He was the eldest of eight children of this marriage, but ...

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Harcourt, Robert (1574/5–1631), colonial adventurer and author, was born at Ellenhall, Staffordshire, the eldest of the five children of Walter (later Sir Walter) Harcourt (c.1553–1639) of Ellenhall and of Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire, and his wife and stepsister, Dorothy, daughter of William Robinson...

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Peckham, Sir George (d. 1608), colonial adventurer, was the third son of Sir Edmund Peckham (d. 1564) of Denham, Buckinghamshire, former high treasurer of the mint, and his wife, Anne (d. 1570), daughter of John Cheyne of Chesham Bois. In 1554 he married ...