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Robert Ross

Griqua leader and hunter in the region that is present-day South Africa, was born around 1770. During the second half of the eighteenth century, his family was one of several families of mixed Khoekhoe and Dutch descent who came to prominence in the dry lands of Namaqualand and along the Gariep River, on the northern frontier of the Cape Colony. Among them were two brothers, known variously as Claas and Piet Bastard or Claas and Piet Barends (sometimes spelled Berends). They first appear in the archival record in the 1760s accompanying Dutch and French expeditions to the Gariep and as overseers on the farms of the Van Reenen family who were then the Cape s most important butchers In time the family grew in wealth prominence and size primarily on the basis of hunting stock farming and trading to the Cape so that it was able to acquire ...

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Philip D. Morgan

Jeremiah, Thomas (?–18 August 1775), free black pilot and fisherman who was executed for allegedly fomenting a slave uprising was born a slave to unknown parentage Although his birthplace is unknown Jeremiah lived his adult life in Charleston South Carolina By the middle of the eighteenth century he had somehow secured his freedom He married but when and to whom are a mystery There were no known children At least by the early 1750s Jeremiah worked as a harbor pilot In 1755 a newspaper report attributed an accident to the Carelessness of a Negro Pilot Jerry But Jeremiah earned more respect for his skill and courage as a firefighter Indeed in 1768 he capitalized on his good reputation to establish himself as a fisherman offering fresh fish daily to urban residents He became a prosperous member of the Charleston community and perhaps one of the richest free ...