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Chalkley, Thomas (1675–1741), Quaker minister and master mariner, was born on 3 May 1675 in Southwark, London, the son of George Chalkley (c.1642–1725), a Quaker tradesman, and his wife, Rebecca, née Harding (c.1643–1694). The main source for a biography of ...

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Coxere, Edward (bap. 1633, d. 1694), sailor, was baptized on 16 June 1633 at St Mary's Church, Dover, the seventh (but second surviving) child of John Coxere (d. 1633), sailor, and his wife, Wealthan, née Peace. His mother, widowed when he was only five months old, quickly married a local cordwainer, ...

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Hustler, John (1715–1790), wool stapler and canal promoter, was born on 5 October 1715 at the family farm, Apple Tree Farm, Low Fold, Bolton, near Bradford, Yorkshire, the eldest son of William Hustler of Steeton (d. 11 May 1759), wool stapler and merchant, and his wife, ...

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Richardson, John Wigham (1837–1908), shipbuilder, was born on 7 January 1837 in Torquay, Devon, where his family was spending the winter, the second son in the family of four sons and seven daughters of Edward Richardson (1806–1863), leather manufacturer, of Newcastle upon Tyne...