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   The Sturgis : China traders and Perkins in-laws  
Russell Sturgis (b.1750) married Elizabeth Perkins, the eldest sister of James and Thomas Handasyd Perkins. Russell Sturgis was also a partner of Thomas Perkins in one of his first vessels bound to China, the "Hope". The Hope did not live up to the young merchants expectations, since it arrived with1'700 pelts at a time when fur-bearing ships were not allowed into Canton, as a consequence of the Sino-Russian war. Russell Sturgis succeeded as a fur trader on Merchants Row in Boston. The Sturgises had 16 children, of whom three sons, Henry, James Perkins and George W. Sturgis, went to Canton and founded J.P.Sturgis & Co in 1818, a concern

 

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