Carter Braxton

His grandfather owned forty two plantations. He inherited five when his own father died. After graduating from The College of William and Mary he married a wealthy girl who brought a large dowry and bore him two children before expiring. His second wife, the daughter of a British official, brought more property and bore him sixteen more children. He spent a couple years in England where he became steeped in British sentiment, settled in at his main plantation of Chericoke and made a further fortune in business with the great slave-trade enterprises of Providence, Rhode Island, led by the Brown family who endowed Brown University. Yet Braxton would be signatory to the Declaration of Independence, perhaps the most reluctant signer, given the pledge of fortunes in cash, land and slaves that attached to his name.