He was christened 24 June 1780, according to the Stanhope Parish registers. He was born at Black Clough farm. Various accounts give his date of birth as 1771, or between 1778 and 1780) or even the very day of the christening. Proof of his actual date of birth would be welcome. It is also unclear whether he died at Cape de Moiselle, or in Hillsborough.