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Deane, John (bap. 1685, d. 1761), naval officer in the Russian service and spy, was baptized at St Wilfrid's Church, Wilford, Nottinghamshire, on 21 March 1685, the third of four sons of Jasper Deane, a prosperous farmer, and his first wife (of four), ...

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Perkins, John [nicknamed Jack Punch] (c. 1745–1812), naval officer and spy, was born in Jamaica. Nothing certain is known of his origin, but he is described as a 'mulatto', the child of a white father and a black mother, and if so it is highly probable that his mother was a slave. Under Jamaican law, this would have made the boy himself a slave, but the mixed-race sons of white men in positions of authority were often emancipated and educated to the level of clerks or overseers. ...