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Captain Anthony Wayne

Captain
Anthony Wayne commanded a company of dragoons in
King William’s campaign in Ireland against the deposed James II which
culminated in 1689 in the Battle of the Boyne.  He was awarded
additional
confiscated land in the Irish Pale near Rathdrum, situated in one of
the
valleys near where the mountains of central Wicklow rise.

Biographers believe
that one of his reasons for moving to the New World was that he was
miffed with
William III for not rewarding him more generously for his contributions
at
Boyne.  The Dutch and German officers who participated in the
Battle of
the Boyne were apparently better rewarded.

In 1722 Captain Wayne moved to
Pennsylvania with Dutch-born wife, Hannah Faulkner, eight of their nine
children, and Wayne’s close friend and fellow veteran John
Hunter.  It is
speculated that Hannah was the daughter of one of the better-rewarded
Dutch
officers.  The ninth child, Isaac who stayed in England to finish
his education, joined
the family two years later.

The Wayne family moved to a 1,600
acre estate in Chester county in 1724.  The brick home called Waynesboro is now a designated
historical site.  Captain Wayne died
there in 1739.

 

Mad General Anthony Wayne


General
Anthony Wayne, the son of Isaac Wayne, was said to have had a fiery
personality.  His wild abandon and passionate military exploits
were
the fuel
that fired legends.

Living
in Pennsylvania in 1776 when the Continental Army was
formed. Wayne was able to raise a militia unit and became colonel of
that
regiment.  He aided Benedict Arnold in an
unsuccessful invasion of Canada.  He was
responsible for leading the distressed troops at Fort Ticonderoga.  George Washington appointed him to lead an
attack on Stony Point, a lookout at the top of the Hudson river and
Congress
awarded him a medal over this momentous success.

Fort
Wayne Indina was named for
him and numerous locales, businesses and events commemorate his memory
in Ohio
and Indiana.

Wayne
had gout and died in 1796 at the age of 51 from complications
related to the disease.  When his son Isaac sent a one-horse sulky
to Erie to
bring his body back to the family home at Waynesboro,
they were unable to fit the corpse into the little sulky.  The problem was solved by boiling the body
off the bones.  The bones were saved to
be returned to Pennsylvania for internment there.

Legend
says that the bones
were lost in route.  Every January 1st on
his birthday, his ghost wanders the highway looking for his lost bones
.

 

 

Richard Wayne of Savannah

In
1759 Richard Wayne had emigrated from
Yorkshire to Charleston where he became a successful merchant.  In the 1770’s he had been a partner in the
retail firm of Wilson, Coram, Wayne and Company. During
the siege of Charleston in 1780 he had
served in the city garrison, but after the fall of the city he accepted
a
military commission from the British.


At
the end of the war the state legislature placed him on the banishment
and
confiscation lists, but he was able to persuaded General Marion that he
had acted
as a spy inside the royal militia and relayed valued information to the
American forces.

In 1789 he moved to Savannah and prospered as a merchant and
a plantation owner at Wayne Mountside and Wayne Hill.
He died in 1809.  During his
lifetime he always claimed that he
was “of the same stock” as General Anthony Wayne.

 

Pauline Wayne

Pauline
Wayne was a Holstein cow from Wisconsin that
belonged to William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United
States.  She replaced an earlier cow that
was not
producing enough milk for Taft’s growing family.  From
1910 to 1913, Miss Wayne freely grazed
the White House lawn and was the last presidential cow to live at the
White
House.  She was considered as much a Taft
family pet as she was livestock.

However,
in late 1914 Taft ordered her death by firing squad for
desecrating Taft’s favorite Iris garden
.

 

Bruce Wayne aka Batman

Batman
is the secret identity of Bruce Wayne, an
American billionaire,
industrialist, and philanthropist.

Having
witnessed the murder of his parents
as a child, he swore revenge on criminals, an oath tempered with a
sense of
justice. Wayne trained himself both physically and intellectually and
dons a
bat-themed costume to fight crime.


Batman
operates in the fictional Gotham City,
assisted by various supporting characters including his crime-fighting
partner
Robin and his butler Alfred Pennyworth.   He fights a large assortment of villains.  Unlike most superheroes, he does not possess
any superpowers
.

 

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