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Johnson, Sir William (1715–11 July 1774), merchant, land speculator, and royal official among the Iroquois Indians, was born in County Meath, Ireland, the son of Christopher Johnson and Anne Warren, members of the gentry. William’s mother provided the family connections that started her son on the way to fortune. Her brother, Vice Admiral ...

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Vassall, John (1625–1688), colonial entrepreneur and a founder of Charles Town colony on the Cape Fear River, was born in Stepney, Middlesex County, England, to a family that was heavily involved in overseas trade and American colonization. He was the son of William Vassall and Anne King and the grandson of a French Huguenot refugee, John Vassall, who became a successful merchant and was an investor in the Virginia Company. William Vassall and his brother Samuel were involved in the founding of the Massachusetts Bay colony, where William brought his family in 1635, settling first in Roxbury and then in Scituate in Plymouth colony. Samuel Vassall, a London merchant, participated in colonial trade, was an alderman of London and a member of Parliament, served on the Commission for Plantations, and in 1630–1633 attempted to seat a colony in Carolana. In 1648 William Vassall moved to Barbados where he became a planter-merchant residing in St. Michael’s Parish....