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Robert Pagan emigrated to North America in 1768 or 1769 and was established by his father, a prominent sugar refiner of Glasgow, in the expanding timber and shipbuilding trade of Falmouth Neck, Mass. In partnership with the firm of Lee, Tucker and Company of Greenock, Scotland, Robert undertook to gain a firm position in the lucrative West Indies trade, where his elder brother William* had already been apprenticed.
Robert expanded his contacts in the business world through another brother, John, who capitalized on the promotion of Scottish immigration to North America.
During the course of them he and his brothers were accused by the deputy surveyor of the king’s woods, James Glenie*, of taking timber from lands reserved to the crown but the charge, if there was any truth in it, was not followed up.
Pagan was the principal source of financial backing for many of his fellow settlers and was thus able to orchestrate the economic development of the Passamaquoddy region.
In anticipation of an evacuation Pagan and his brothers gathered intelligence through their wide-ranging commercial connections in Nova Scotia on possible sites for a new home.
The conclusion was that the peninsula nearest the St Croix River was the most desirable location for a settlement, particularly in view of its advantages for the West Indies trade and its unlimited hinterland.
Through these family and financial connections Robert Pagan developed one of the largest businesses in general merchandise and shipbuilding in Falmouth during the first half of the 1770s.
The youngest Pagan brother, Thomas, joined him there in In October 1775, however, the community of Falmouth felt the first impact of open hostilities in the American conflict.
Over the next few years he and his brothers acquired a lumberyard, built two sawmills, and operated two stores.
Their firm, Robert Pagan and Company, also had an interest in ships and shipbuilding.
This brother had formed a partnership with Governor William Franklin of New Jersey and the Reverend John Witherspoon, later president of the College of New Jersey, to entice settlers to Boston and Philadelphia in the 1760s.
In 1773, under the title of the Philadelphia Company, the same associates and others organized the John Harris*].
Not surprisingly Governor John Parr* of Nova Scotia appointed him one of the first magistrates for the Passamaquoddy district, his fellow justices of the peace being William Pagan, Pote, Wyer, and Gallop.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating