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Defoe, Daniel (1660?–1731), writer and businessman, was the youngest of the three children of James Foe (d. 1706), a prosperous tallow chandler in the parish of Cripplegate and a freeman of the City of London, and Alice Foe, who died some time between 1668 and 1671. His sisters, ...

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Fletcher, Winston (1937–2012), advertising executive and writer, was born Winston Fleisher on 15 July 1937 at the London Hospital in Stepney, Whitechapel, London, the youngest of five children of Abraham Uscher Fleisher, later Albert Fletcher (d. 1963), and his wife, Bessie, née...

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Hadfield, William (1806–1887), writer and businessman, is a figure about whose early life nothing is known. During his youth he travelled extensively in Brazil, the River Plate republics, and the islands of the south Atlantic, including the Falklands, where, at an early age, he developed modest commercial activities....

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Hill, Aaron (1685–1750), writer and entrepreneur, was born on 10 February 1685 in Beaufort Buildings, the Strand, the eldest son of George Hill, an attorney of Whitchurch Manor, Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Declining family fortunes forced George Hill to sell his estate in 1707. Ann Gregory...

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Moore [née Gobeil], Jane Elizabeth [Jeanne Elizabet] (b. 1738), writer and businesswoman, was born in London on 30 September 1738, the elder of two daughters of Abraam Gobeil (1711–c.1765), leather manufacturer, and his wife, Jeanne Marie (c.1719–1741), eldest daughter of ...

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Povey, Charles (bap. 1651?, d. 1743), writer and entrepreneur, may have been the Charles Povey, son of John and Elizabeth Povey, baptized at St Andrew's, Holborn, on 27 July 1651. Povey himself was ambiguous about his ancestry, claiming only that his birth was neither noble nor ignoble. His brother, ...

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See Reynolds, Nancie Clifton [real name Agnes Margaret Warden Hardie; married name Reynolds]

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White, James (bap. 1775, d. 1820), author and advertising agent, was baptized on 17 April 1775 in Worcester, the third son of Samuel White of Bewdley, Worcestershire, and his wife, Mary, née Willes. He spent 'many of the earliest days of [his] youth' 'in the Neighbourhood' of the ...