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George Basil Dixwell (1814 - 1885)

Early in the Spring of 1844, George Basil Dixwell wrote from Canton, China, to his brother, John James Dixwell, in Boston, asking him to have two fast vessels built for use on the China coast. George h...

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John James Dixwell (1806 - 1876)

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John Dixwell nee Samuel Hunt (1777 - 1834)

In 1804, he changed his name to John Dixwell to avoid confusion with another Boston physician named Samuel Hunt.

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John Perkins Cushing (1787 - 1862)

John Perkins Cushing (April 22, 1787 – 1862), called "Ku-Shing" by the Chinese, was a wealthy Boston sea merchant, opium smuggler, and philanthropist. His sixty-foot pilot schooner, the Sylph,...

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Henry Sturgis Grew (1833 - 1910)

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Russell Sturgis (1750 - 1826)

Russell Sturgis (August 27, 1750 - September 7, 1826) was a noted Boston merchant in the China trade. Sturgis was the second son of Thomas Sturgis, Jr. (1722-1785), and Sarah Paine, of Barnstable, Ma...

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Joseph Coolidge, IV (1798 - 1879)

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Capt. Jonathan Russell MP (1742 - 1788)

Russell, Jonathan / Brown University was the son of Jonathan Russell ( ? ~1742-1788), was a merchant in English and India goods (The Providence Gazette, and Country Journal, Dec. 10, 1768;5(257);4; Feb...

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Ralph Bennet Forbes (1773 - 1824)

Captain Robert Bennet Forbes (1804–1889), was a sea captain, China merchant, ship owner, and writer. He was active in ship construction, maritime safety, the opium trade, and charitable activiti...

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Robert Bennet Forbes (1804 - 1889)

He was born in Jamaica Plain, near Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Ralph Bennet Forbes and wife Margaret Perkins, of the Perkins family, and brother of John Murray Forbes. "As a member of the Forbe...

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John Murray Forbes, Sr. (1813 - 1898)

Links John Murray Forbes (February 23, 1813 – October 12, 1898) was an American railroad magnate, merchant, philanthropist and abolitionist. He was president of both the Michigan Centr...

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Augustine Heard (1785 - 1868)

Ipswich sea captain, supercargo, and founder of Augustine Heard and Co., China

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Augustine Heard, II (deceased)

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George Washington Heard, Jr. (deceased)

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John Heard (1824 - 1894)

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Albert Farley Heard (1833 - 1890)

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George Tyson (1830 - 1881)

An American, George Tyson was a partner of Warren Delano Jr. and various members of the Forbes family in Shanghai Steam Navigation Company in the 1860′s. Passport applications 1874, 1878 avail...

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William "Will" Howell Forbes (b. - 1896)

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Francis Blackwell Forbes (1839 - 1908)

Francis Blackwell Forbes (New York, August 11, 1839 - Boston, Massachusetts, May 2, 1908) was a China merchant, opium trader and botanist, son of Rev. John Murray Forbes, Rector of St. Luke's, New York...

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Ned Delano (deceased)

1833 Jabez Delano Jr., Warren Delano I and Samuel Borden build a two-story stone candleworks and whale oil refinery at the head of Middle Street, just north of Washington Street. Warren Delano II goe...

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Warren Delano, Jr. MP (1809 - 1898)

Warren Delano, Jr., Fairhaven, Mass. 13 July 1809-Algonac, N.Y. 17 Jan. 1898, Northampton, Mass. 1 Nov. 1843 Catherine Robbins Lyman, Northampton, Mass. 12 Jan. 1825-Algonac 10 Feb. 1896 ----------...

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Samuel Wadsworth Russell (1837 - c.1868)

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Edward Augustus Russell (1797 - d.)

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Samuel Russell MP (1789 - 1862)

Sources Americans, were for the most part excluded from the Indian and Persian markets by British control of sea lanes in the Persian Gulf, and thus restricted for a time to Turkish opium, which ...

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John Jacob Astor MP (1763 - 1848)

John Jacob Astor (born Johann Jakob Astor) (July 17, 1763 – March 29, 1848) was a German-American business magnate, merchant and investor who was the first prominent member of the Astor family a...

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Thomas H Perkins MP (1764 - 1854)

Colonel Thomas Handasyd Perkins, or T. H. Perkins (December 15, 1764 – January 11, 1854) was a wealthy Boston merchant and an archetypical Boston Brahmin. Starting with bequests from his grandfa...

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