Signature Patriot: John Hancock III

John Hancock (Courtesy Library of Congress)

On 23 January 1737 John Hancock III was born in Braintree, Massachusetts (present day Quincy) to John and Mary (Thaxter) Hancock. John III was the second of three children. As a boy John tagged along with future┬áPatriot┬áJohn Adams. Adams, incidentally, … Continue reading

First Lady: Martha Dandridge Custis Washington

Martha Dandridge Courtesy Library of Congress

Martha Dandridge, known as Patsy, was born on 2 June 1731 to John and Frances (Jones) Dandridge at the Dandridge home, Chestnut Grove in Virginia. Martha was the eldest of seven children. While the Dandridges were not as wealthy as … Continue reading