Monday, February 11, 2019

Berry Dodge and Marquand Newburyport Massachusetts

Berry Dodge and Marquand Building A copy of the negative from PEM Library The Ocean Bank opened for business in the East Row on April 15, 1833. The first meeting of subscribers was held at the Merrimack Hotel on October 8, 1832 and the bank charter was signed on March 20, 1833. The bank subsequently purchased the three-story building which had previously been occupied by Perkins' hardware store. The bank continued to occupy 19 Market Square for many years and was succeeded in the space c.1900 by Berry, Dodge and Marquand, spice grinders and coffee roasters, who constructed an additional full story on the building (later removed). Source: Lisa Mausolf Organization Newburyport Historical Commission

The company was owned by Leroy Berry, Herbert E Dodge, and George Marquand. I am posting what I have found in my search so far, but love to hear from you if you have any information or photographs--Still looking into Herbert Dodge too. Thanks!  

George Warren Marquand (1870-1940) son of Lemuel Clement Marquand (1837-1905) and Joanne Messenger. He married Carrie Evans Pike of Salisbury, MA.  He was a member of the Masons. His sister Alice Josephine Marquand married his business partner Leroy Berry. 
Leroy Berry (1874-1939) son of Ivory Berry (1846-1928) and Aroline Stone (1841-1918) married Alice Josephine Marquand (1876-1950) He and Alice were quite musical see below. He was a Mason and a member of the Dalton Club
Hebert E Dodge

Lemuel Marquand son of Henry Markham Marquand (1795-1880) and Elizabeth Stagman (1805-1882)
He learned the trade of shipwright in his father's yard at East Boston. From Murray Harbor, Prince Edward Island. Another son, James Henry (1831-1910) married Caroline Darling. He was also a shipbuilder in Boston.

According to John J Currier History of Newburyport 
Lemuel Marquand was a partner in the firm of Young and Marquand which built a number of vessels at East Boston and Quincy. During the civil war his firm built three gun-boats for the government. The firm took contracts for vessels in various ports and did a thriving business. Mr. Marquand became one of the best ship-builders in New England. He was a skillful craftsman himself and possessed business ability of a high order. About 1845, he built the marine railway on the Rings Island side of the Merrimac river, and operated it for a period of twenty-six years very successfully, selling out to good advantage when he wished to retire.
In 1873, the railway was sold to Joseph L. Piper of Boston and Lemuel Marquand of Newburyport. In 1876, Mr. Piper conveyed his interest in the property to Mr. Marquand, who continued to build and repair vessels there until 1903. It is now a receiving and distributing station of the Standard Oil Company of New York.
In 1892 he built The Merrimack, a stern-wheeled steamboat, about two hundred tons register, built at Ring's Island, Salisbury, for the Merrimack Valley Steamboat Company, is still in active service during the summer months, making two trips daily from Haverhill to Newburyport and Black Rocks. In 1889, the Pauline, built by Lemuel Marquand at Ring's island, in Salisbury, was engaged in the same service. 
The Josie M., a small steamer, built and owned by Charles H. Sargent and Lemuel Marquand, made excursions down the harbor in the summer of 1888, and frequently extended her trips to Ipswich and Cape Ann when the weather was favorable. She was sold in 1891, and her name changed to Edgewater. 1895 schooner Helen A Locke for T L Mayo and Co of Boston.
Pond Street House Newburyport home of Marquand and Berry. Both listed in City Directory. For about thirty years Lemuel Marquand and family lived on Rings Island, then moved to the house on Pond street where he died. He built that house and another at Salisbury. He was a member of Mount Tabor Lodge of Free Masons, East Boston. He was deacon and trustee of the church at the time of his death and one of its most prominent and honored members.

Members of the retail grocer organization Leroy Berry and Alice J Marquand Berry with Herbert Clark Hoover Boston Globe October 17 1930

Historic New England has a canister made by Berry Dodge Company Accession Number: 1986.659 Amelia W Little
Fire report in The Standard Volume 57 1906

Newburyport Daily News Newburyport, Massachusetts Saturday, September 16th, 1944

Marriage of Leroy Berry and Alice Marquand Boston Globe Wed September 25 1895

George W Marquand 1911 Boston Globe 

Obit Leroy Berry Newburyport Daily News January 24 1939

Obit  Newburyport, Massachusetts on Saturday, February 12th, 1921

1905 Obit Lemuel Marquand---death was caused by an accident. He was inspecting some work on the fourth story of the Berry, Dodge & Marquand building in Market Square, and while getting upon a staging outside, slipped and fell to the ground, a distance of forty feet. His collar bone and several ribs were broken and his right shoulder was dislocated. He was taken home and seemed to be progressing toward recovery, when an attack of pneumonia proved fatal three days later, April 21, 1905, at the age of sixty-eight years.

Grave of Ivory Berry and Aroline Stone with daughter Florence Buxton Maine Find a Grave
NOTE: Aroline Stone daughter of Samuel Stone and Sarah Sanborn (1811-1848), 

  • Some Account of Steam Navigation in New England Francis Boardman Crowninshield Bradlee  
  • History of Newburyport, Mass: 1764-1905, Volume 2 John James Currier
  • Essex Institute Historical Collections 1919
  • Shipping Notes Henry Marquand 
  • Biographical Review: This Volume Contains Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens of Oxford and Franklin Counties, Maine Biographical review publishing Company, 1897 
  • Maritime History of the Merrimac: Shipbuilding Robert K Cheney 1964 
  • Coffee and Tea Industries April 1912
  • Methodist Register of Baptisms, Murray Harbour, King's County, P.E.I. Transcribed by Kathie Sencabaugh 
  • American Biography: A New Cyclopedia, Volume 5 edited by William Richard Cutter  


  1. Herbert E. Dodge is my 2nd great-grandfather's youngest brother. Lived from 1863 to 1942, youngest of five brothers. Their parents were James W. Dodge and Irene Elvira Abbott (Vermont and New Hampshire). I have some basic info on him through my research, no photos. Found your blog posted on 'New England Family Genealogy and History' Facebook page. Marianne Dodge

    1. Thank you for the information! So appreciated

    2. After doing more research on my 2nd great-uncle Herbert E. Dodge and looking closer at the dates and locations in your article, I am wondering if my Herbert is possibly a nephew, or namesake of the Herbert in the article? My 2nd great-grandfather was born in Vermont and lived his life out in New Hampshire. Since what little I've found on his father, James W. Dodge, it is highly probably his parents and family came from Massachusetts. I can't say this Herbert in the article is my 2nd great-uncle, or even 3rd great-uncle, but I am confident there is some relationship. Once I solve the mystery of the where and who, I will be sure to let you know. Thanks. Marianne

  2. I have a wooden crate from the Garden of Allah Teas and Coffee...Berry Dodge Importers from Boston Ma, very good condition....wondering if there is a market for this item or a museum that would benefit from it...the insignia on the inside cover is still in excellent condition and color. Thank you , Arlene

  3. my email address for the crate listed above is if anyone is interested. Thank you, Arlene