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Perley, Moses Henry (1804–1862), entrepreneur and naturalist in Canada, was born in Maugerville, Sunbury county, New Brunswick, on 31 December 1804, the son of Moses Perley and his cousin Mary, who were of an old Welsh family which had settled in Massachusetts in 1630. His father died before his birth. His mother took him to ...

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Robertson, David (1806–1896), businessman and naturalist, was born on 10 December 1806 in Great Hamilton Street, Glasgow, the youngest of the three children of James Robertson (d. 1806/7). His father's death left the family poor and, at the age of eight, he was sent out to work as a cowherd. He spent the rest of his childhood labouring on ...