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Cory, John (1828–1910), coal broker and philanthropist, was born on 28 March 1828 at Bideford, the eldest of five sons of Richard Cory (1799–1882), merchant, and Sarah, both of Bideford. The father was the owner and master of a small vessel in the coastal trade, and his decision in the 1830s to open a store as ship's chandler and provision merchant in ...

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Picton, Cesar [Caesar] (1754/5–1836), coal merchant, was a native of Senegal who was brought to England in 1761 at the age of six to be presented, along with a parakeet and a duck, to Sir John Philipps, sixth baronet, of Norbiton Place, Kingston, Surrey...