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Burton, William (c. 1608–1673), merchant and naval administrator, came from an obscure and probably humble Norfolk family. Nothing is known of his parents. He was apprenticed to a Yarmouth merchant and became a freeman of the town in 1630, a common councillor by 1641, and an alderman in 1649. ...


Sir William Pepperrell, first baronet (1696–1759) by John Smibert, 1746 photography courtesy Peabody Essex Museum


Pepperrell, Sir William, first baronet (1696–1759), army officer and merchant, was born on 27 June 1696 at Kittery Point, Maine (then part of Massachusetts), the sixth of eight children of William Pepperrell (1648–1734), merchant and shipowner, and his wife, Margery (1659–1741), daughter of ...