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Little, George (10 or 15 Apr. 1754–22 July 1809), naval officer, was born in Marshfield, Massachusetts, the son of Lemuel Little and Penelope Eames (or Ames). Growing up near the Massachusetts seacoast, he was drawn to maritime life and became a merchant seaman. He also purchased a farm near his home town and in 1779 married a local woman, Rachel Rogers, with whom he had a son....

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Murray, Alexander (12 July 1755–06 October 1821), naval officer, was born in Chestertown, Maryland, the son of William Murray, a physician, and Ann Smith. He went to sea in his early youth and at age eighteen commanded a merchant ship in the European trade. When the revolutionary war commenced, he wanted a commission in the Continental navy but discovered that the navy had too few fighting ships to offer him such an opportunity. Hence, in 1776 he joined the First Maryland Regiment of the Continental army as a lieutenant and campaigned under General ...

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Talbot, Silas (11 January 1751–30 June 1813), naval officer, was born in Dighton, Massachusetts, the son of Benjamin Talbot and Rebecca Allen, farmers. Rebecca died when Silas was four. His father remarried eight years later. As the youngest son of a poor farmer, Silas was left with no property. For a while he continued to live in Dighton, where he apparently learned the trade of a stonemason. In his early teens he left the town and signed on board a coasting vessel....