Brown, Joseph (03 December 1733–03 December 1785), businessman and scientist, was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of James Brown, a merchant and West Indies trader, and Hope Power. Little is known about Joseph Brown’s upbringing, except that his father died when he was five; his education was limited; and his scientific bent may have been encouraged by his brother-in-law, John Vanderlight, who had a medical degree from the University of Leiden, offered anatomy lessons, and was the principal pharmacist in Providence. In 1759 Brown married Elizabeth Power, a cousin. The couple had five children. Brown worked first as an assistant and then as a partner in the family firm run by his uncle, Obadiah Brown. When his uncle died in 1762, Brown and his brothers— ...
Sara Schechner Genuth
Faye A. Chadwell
Masters, Sybilla (?–23 August 1720), inventor and merchant, was the daughter of William Righton, a mariner and merchant, and Sarah (maiden name unknown). Her exact birthdate and birthplace are not known, but she may have been born in Bermuda. Her name is recorded also as Sabella or Isabella. Her parents were Quakers. By 1687 her father had emigrated from Bermuda to Burlington in the colony of West Jersey, where he purchased a plantation on the Delaware River....
Gregory A. Stiverson
Storer, Arthur ( February 1645–1687), merchant and astronomer, was probably born in Buckminster, Leichestershire, England, the son of Edward Storer and Katherine Babington. He was baptized on 20 February 1645. Arthur’s father died before his birth, and in 1647 his mother married William Clarke, an apothecary. By the time Arthur Storer was of school age, his family was living in Grantham, where Arthur and his brother attended King’s School, along with Isaac Newton. The Storer brothers’ mother was a close friend of Newton’s mother. Since the Newtons lived several miles from Grantham, they arranged for Isaac to live with the Clarkes during the four years or so that he attended King’s School....
Maker Thomas Sully
John C. Fredriksen
Williams, Jonathan (26 May 1750–16 May 1815), merchant, lay scientist, and first superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Jonathan Williams, a successful merchant, and Grace Harris. His father provided him with the finest education then available. Following several terms at Harvard College, Williams ventured to London in 1770 to conduct family business and finish studying under the aegis of his great-uncle ...