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CLAYPOOLE, James, pioneer, born in 1634; died in August, 1686. He was the fifth son of John Claypoole, and his wife Mary, daughter of William Angell, of London. His brother John married the daughter of Oliver Cromwell. James became a Quaker, and was an intimate friend of William Penn. He was a merchant in London, and witnessed the signing of the Charter of Privileges granted by Penn to the settlers in 1682. He was the treasurer of the Free society of traders, which was formed to assist in the settlement of Pennsylvania, and, after attending to its affairs in England, he immigrated with his family, in 1683, to Pennsylvania, where he held important offices.
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