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Bates, Joshua (1788–1864), merchant and banker, was born on 10 October 1788 at Weymouth, Massachusetts, United States, the youngest of three children and only son of Colonel Joshua Bates (d. 1804), a leading local businessman, and his wife, Tirzah, née Pratt. He was educated at public schools and by the ...

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Bethel, Slingsby (bap. 1617, d. 1697), merchant and political economist, was baptized in Alne, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, on 27 February 1617, a younger son of Sir Walter Bethel (d. 1622), gentleman, and Mary Slingsby (1582–1662), daughter of Sir Henry Slingsby...

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Craven, Sir William (c. 1545–1618), merchant and local politician, the second son of William Craven and his wife, Beatrix, the daughter of John Hunter, was born about 1545 at Appletreewick, a village in the parish of Burnsall, near Skipton in the West Riding of Yorkshire...

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Moore, Sir John (bap. 1620, d. 1702), merchant and local politician, the second son of Charles Moore (d. 1654) and his wife, Cicely Yates, was baptized at Norton, near Twycross, Leicestershire, on 11 June 1620. His father, who had six children, was descended from the ...

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Paul, William Francis (1850–1928), grain importer and maltster, was born on 11 February 1850 at 39 Bank Street, Ipswich, the youngest of the seven children of Robert Paul (c.1806–1864), maltster and wharfinger, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of James Woods, ironmonger, of ...

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Pilkington, Sir Thomas (1628–1691), merchant and politician, was born on 30 March 1628, the eldest son and heir of Thomas Pilkington (d. 1637), landowner of Northampton, and his second wife, Anne, the daughter of Edward Mercer, also of Northampton. Pilkington's father successfully established the family's gentry status but after his death ...

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Smythe [Smith], Sir Thomas (c. 1558–1625), merchant, was born about 1558, the second surviving son of Thomas Smythe (1522–1591), a merchant, financier, and ‘customer’ of the port of London, and his wife, Alice (d. 1593), the daughter of Sir Andrew Judde, a skinner and mayor of ...