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Thomas Heyward Jr.

The eldest son of a wealthy planter, Thomas Heyward, Jr., was born in at his father’s home, Old House, in St. Luke’s Parish (now Jasper County) in the Province of South Carolina, about 25 miles north of Savannah, Georgia, on … Continue reading

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Stephen Hopkins

Stephen Hopkins’ name is not one of the first names that comes to mind as a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but he does stand out in John Trumbull’s painting “The Declaration of Independence.” Hopkins is clearly visible in … Continue reading

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William Ellery

Born in Newport, Rhode Island on 22 December 1727, young William was the second son of William Ellery and Elizabeth Almy. William Ellery’s great grandfather, Sergeant William Ellery, immigrated to New England and was living in Salem in 1668, and … Continue reading

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James Wilson

James Wilson was born on September 14, 1742 at Carskerdo, near St. Andrews in Scotland, the son of William Wilson and Aleson Lansdale. His father was a respectable farmer, living a healthy life but a hard one. Methods of husbandry … Continue reading

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George Taylor

George Taylor’s birth date is uncertain, but most writers believe that he was born in 1716 in northern Ireland, the son of a Reverend Taylor. Little is known of George’s growing up years, but based on the reading and writing … Continue reading

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James Smith

Born in northern Ireland, in the Province of Ulster as the second son of a well-to-do farmer, John Smith, James came into the world on 17 September 1719. The family emigrated to America, where they settled in Chester County, Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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Benjamin Rush

Benjamin Rush was born December 24, 1745 near Philadelphia. His great-great-grandfather John Rush was an officer in Cromwell’s army. In 1683 at the age of 63 he became a Quaker and emigrated from England bringing his children and grandchildren to … Continue reading

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George Ross

George Ross was born in May of 1730 in New Castle, Delaware, into a very large family. His father was a minister, educated at Edinburgh, and the Ross children received a sound classical education at home. George read law at … Continue reading

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John Morton

John Morton was born in 1725 in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania and died April 1, 1777 at the age of 51 of tuberculosis. He was the son of John Morton senior and Mary Archer. Mary Archer’s family is traced back to … Continue reading

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Robert Morris

Robert Morris was born on January 31, 1734 in Liverpool, England, the son of Robert Morris, Sr. and Elizabeth Murphet Morris. Robert’s mother died when he was two and he was brought up by his maternal grandmother. His father, Robert … Continue reading

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