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Claypoole, James (1634–1687), merchant and pioneer settler in America, was born in December 1634 at Northborough Manor, Northamptonshire, the ninth of the fourteen children of John Claypoole or Claypole, a yeoman farmer, and his wife, Mary Angell, the daughter of a wealthy London...

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Estaugh [née Haddon], Elizabeth (1680–1762), Quaker leader and colonial landowner, was born on 5 July 1680 in Bermondsey, Surrey, the second daughter and third child of John Haddon (1654–1724) and his wife, Elizabeth, née Clarke (1651?–1724). John Haddon was a convinced Quaker and twice had been fined for voicing his religious views. Like other Quakers he was persuaded by ...

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Fenwick, John (1617/18–1683), settler in America, was the second of four sons of William Fenwick (1581–1647), landowner, of Stanton Hall, Northumberland, and his wife, Elizabeth (bap. 15 Feb 1578), daughter of Sir Cotton Gargrave of Nostell, Yorkshire. John Fenwick was entered at ...

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Moody [née Dunch], Deborah, Lady Moody (c. 1585–1658/9), colonist in America, was born in the mid-1580s, the eldest of five children of Walter Dunch (c.1552–1594), barrister and landowner and MP for Dunwich in 1584 and 1588, and Deborah, daughter of ...

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Morris, Lewis (1613?–1691), merchant and colonist in America, details of whose parentage and birthplace are uncertain, has traditionally been identified as Lewis (b. 1601), eldest son of William Morris of Tintern Manor, Monmouthshire, Wales. This has been disputed, however, on the basis that no record of him exists prior to his term of indenture to the ...

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Pastorius, Francis Daniel (1651–1719/20), German settler in America, was born on 26 September 1651 in Sommerhausen, Bavaria, Germany, son of Melchior Adam Pastorius, a judge and burgher of the neighbouring town of Windsheim, and his wife, Magdalena Dietz Johenn. After graduating from Windsheim's...

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Penn, William (1644–1718), Quaker leader and founder of Pennsylvania, was born in the liberty of the Tower of London on 14 October 1644, the son of Sir William Penn (bap. 1621, d. 1670), admiral in the English navy, and Margaret (1610?–1682), the daughter of ...

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William Penn (1644–1718) by Francis Place, c. 1696 courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania Collection, Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia

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Underhill, John (c. 1608–1672), soldier and colonist in America, was born in Bergen op Zoom in the Netherlands to John Underhill of Warwickshire, a soldier who died in October 1608, and Honor Pauley of St Ives parish, Cornwall. He married Helena de Hooch (...

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Wakefield, Edward Gibbon (1796–1862), promoter of colonization, was born on 20 March 1796 in London. He was the second child and eldest son of Edward Wakefield (1774–1854), philanthropist, land agent, and writer on economics, and Susanna, née Crash (d. 1817), a farmer's daughter from ...

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Edward Gibbon Wakefield (1796–1862) by unknown artist, c. 1820 © National Portrait Gallery, London