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John Hancock III
of the Continental Congress 1 Nov 1777 - 10 Dec 1778
Henry was born March 6, 1724 at Charles Town (Charleston), South Carolina. He was a son of John Laurens and Esther Grasset. However, his headstone indicates a birth of February 24, 1725. The family were French Huguenots (John Calvin Protestants).
Henry received his education at Charles Town and after a three year trip to London to work with James Crokatt in international business, he returned to Charles Town and opened his own import export business in 1747.
Henry was partners in the Charleston slave trading company, Austin and Laurens. They had the contract to action the Grant, Oswald & Company slaves from Sierra Leone, West Africa who were imported through the infamous Bunce Castle. Henry's company provided him a handsome income at 10% commission for the eight thousand slaves they sold during the 1750's. He also imported other goods, but by far his most profitable was slaves.
The three thousand acre Mepkin plantation outside of Charleston was the place Henry made his home. He eventually acquired three substantial plantations in South Carolina and several in Georgia, too. He grew rice and indigo, owning some twenty thousand acres in total.
Henry married on 06 July 1750, South Carolina to Eleanor Delamere Ball, "Nelly." She died in 1770.
Henry made significant contributions to the American Revolution and to the adoption of the constitution. He served on the committee in 1783 which negotiated with Great Britain for approval of the treaty which recognized American independence.
Henry died December 8, 1792 and was cremated and ashes buried at Mepkin in St. John's Parish, Berkeley County, South Carolina.
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