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    Harry Longabaugh “The Sundance Kid”
    Harry Longabaugh, alias the Sundance Kid, was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1870.

    Rachel Wall
    Rachel Wall was probably born in the late 1750's. She was born on a farm outside of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Her birth name was Rachel Schmidt. She had long brown hair, light skin, and bright blue eyes. She was born Rachel Schmidt.
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