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Lohman, Ann Trow (06 May 1811–01 April 1878), abortionist, also known as Madame Restell, was born in Painswick, Gloucestershire, England, the daughter of John Trow, a laborer; her mother’s name is unknown. Lohman received very little formal education, and at age fifteen she took a job as a maid and at sixteen married Henry Summers of Wittshire, a 23-year-old tailor. In 1830 her only child, a daughter, was born. In 1831 the family immigrated to New York City in search of wealth and opportunity. In August of that year, however, Henry Summers died of “bilious fever” and left her alone with a young daughter to support, which she did by becoming a seamstress....

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Morgan, William (07 August 1774–12 September 1826?), leader of the Antimasonic movement, was born in Culpeper County, Virginia. Information about his parentage has not survived. He served as a stonemason apprentice to Joseph Day in Madison County, Virginia, then removed to the west (probably Kentucky), finally settling in Richmond, Virginia. For a time he worked on the construction of the Orange County (Va.) Courthouse. It is believed by some that Morgan fought in the War of 1812, thus adopting the title, if it was not his rank, of captain. In 1819 he married Lucinda Pendleton of Virginia and moved to western New York State by 1823. They had two, possibly three, children and resided in Batavia, where it is assumed he pursued his trade, sometimes having to move far afield of his home to find work. Extant correspondence from 1824 reveals that Morgan was literate, even eloquent, and a responsible spouse and caring parent....