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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Newbury MA Mines

Mining Lands Newbury MA In 1878 silver was discovered in a large field off Scotland Road. This discovery made money for those who sold their land and those who became involved in what was known as the "Chipman Silver Mine." The mine produced $500,000.00 worth of silver and $100,000.00 in dividends. The mine closed in 1925. Monday, May 10, 1875 Paper: Salem Register (Salem, MA)

Chipman Silver Mine, Scotland Road, Newbury, Massachusetts. Courtesy of the Newburyport Public Library Archival Center. Clipper Heritage Trail 

Thursday, August 26, 1875 Salem Register (Salem, MA)

From History of Newbury, Mass., 1635-1902 (1902)

Photo from Newbury Commerce Newburyport Historical Commission
Map of the Mining Lands at Newbury, Massachusetts N. Little
This is a rare and extremely unique pocket map showing the mining lands around Newbury, Massachusetts. In 1874, silver and gold were discovered in the town of Newbury. In that same year, the Chipman Silver Mine was established and worked through 1879, then again for a few years in the early 1900s. In this short period of time, the mine yielded half a million dollars in silver. This pocket map illustrates the location of the mine, labeled "Chipman's Lode" as well as the claims by nearby landowners. It also shows in great detail the town of Newbury and Newburyport, including property boundaries and landowners, roads and railroads, and rivers and creeks. It can be presumed that the maker of this map, N. Little was a local landowner in Newbury. There are several references on the map to various properties with the last name of Little.


  Photo from Peter Cristofono
Shockley, William H. (1874): "Working of an Ore of Silver and Lead from Newbury, Mass." (abs.) in MIT President's Report for the Year Ending Sept. 30, 1874. (Boston: A. A. Kingman,1875)
Richards, R. H. (1875): The Newburyport Silver Mines (T.A.I.M.E. 3:442-445)
Richards, Ellen H. (1875): Chemical Composition of Some Mineral Species from Newburyport Lead Ore (Proc. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist. xvii, 462-465)
Brockway, Charles J. (1875): Mineral Deposits in Essex County, Massachusetts, especially in Newbury and Newburyport; with Map. Newburyport, MA (pamphlet).
Baird, Spencer F., ed. (1876): "The Massachusetts Silver-Lead Mines" in Annual Record of Science and Industry for 1875 (NY: Harper & Bros.), pp. 245-246.
Beach, Alfred E., ed. (1876): "Mines of Gold, Silver, Copper, and Lead in Massachusetts," in The Science Record of 1876 (NY: Munn & Co.), p. 46.
Hibbard, Henry D. (1878): On the Smelting of Silver-Lead Ore from Merrimac Mine. Abstracted from MIT Thesis by the author. President’s Report for the Year Ending Sept. 30, 1877. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Boston: A. A. Kingman, pp. 76-79.
Jenney, Walter (1878): Report on the Working, for Silver and Gold, of a Middle Grade Product from Ore of the Merrimac Mine, Newburyport. Abstracted from MIT Thesis by the author. President’s Report for the Year Ending Sept. 30, 1877. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Boston: A. A. Kingman, pp. 79-80.

Hitchcock, Charles Henry (1878): The Geology of the Ammonoosuc Mining District, pp. 106-107.
Hitchcock, Charles Henry (1878): The Geology of New Hampshire, Part V: Economic Geology, pp. 34-35.
Crosby, William Otis (1880): Contributions to the Geology of Eastern Massachusetts. Occasional Papers of the Boston Society of Natural History vol. III. Boston: Printed for the Society.
McDaniel, B.F. (1884): Geology and Mineralogy of Newbury in Bulletin of the Essex Institute, volume XV.
Sears, John Henry (1894): Geological and Mineralogical Notes, No. 9 in Bulletin of the Essex Institute, volume XXVI.
Hovey, Horace C. (1901): The Lead and Silver Mines of Newbury [Massachusetts] (Sci. Amer. Sup. 51, 1901).
Towle Manufacturing Co.(1901): Newbury: A Pattern of Flatware Made in Silver by the Towle Mfg. Company; with Some History of Newbury, Massachusetts and Its Progenitor, Newbury, England (Chicago, IL & Newburyport, MA: Towle Mfg. Co., Silversmiths), p. 23.
Sears, John Henry (1905): The Physical Geography, Geology, Mineralogy and Paleontology of Essex County. Massachusetts. Salem, MA: Essex Institute.
Clapp, C. H. and W. G. Ball (1909): The Lead-Silver Deposits at Newburyport, Massachusetts and Their Accompanying Contact-Zones (Economic Geology, 4(3):239-250).
Bartsch, Rudolf C. B. (1941): New England Notes (Rocks & Minerals 16:56)
Palache, Charles (1950): Chipman Lead-Silver mine in Newbury, Mass. (Rocks & Minerals 25:247)
D'Agostino, J. P. (1969): Massachusetts: "Gold in Ores from Newburyport District" in USGS Heavy Metals Program Progress Report 1968 - Field Studies (USGS Circular 621)

Marshall, John. (1970): The Chipman Lead-Silver Mine (Rocks & Minerals 45:306)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

John Quincy Adams & Davenport's Newbury MA

In the John Quincy Adam Papers there are a few journal entries mentioning Newbury and the Davenport's.

On March 12 1788 I Dined with Townsend at Mrs. Hooper's. Amory went to Portsmouth on Monday, with several of his friends. They return'd this day to dinner at Davenport's. We called to see them; and sat with them drinking and singing till five o'clock, when they went for Ipswich. I pass'd the evening with Pickman, at Doctor Smith's. Townsend, went there with us, but found himself so unwell, that he went home very early. His cough has return'd, with several disagreeable symptoms. I fear exceedingly, that he is not long for this world.
We play'd whist an hour or two at Dr. Smith's and between 10 and 11. retired.

John Quincy Adams was born in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts in 1767. His early education,which he received from his Father was mainly in the subject of mathematics, languages, and the classics. He graduated from Harvard College in 1787 and studied law in Newburyport, Massachusetts under the guidance of Theophilus Parsons. In 1790 he began the practice of law in Boston. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1802. He left his pipe in Newburyport by Jack Garvey

March 19 1788
The weather was dull, gloomy, and part of the day rainy. Amory invited me to dine with him and Stacey and Azor Orne at Davenport's, but I did not feel inclined that way. I call'd at Mrs. Hooper's in the evening and spent a couple of hours with Townsend. The lads who dined at Davenport's warm'd themselves so well with Madeira, that at about seven o'clock this evening, they all set out upon an expedition to Cape-Ann, to attend a ball there this night. Twenty seven miles in such weather and such roads after seven o'clock at night, to attend a ball, would look extravagant in a common person; but it is quite characteristic of Amory.

November 5 1787 

I attended at the Office. Amory was there. Return'd yesterday from Salem. Townsend went to Boston last week, and has not yet return'd. In the afternoon, we attended the funeral of Mrs. Davenport a sister of Mr. Parsons. She died of a consumption a few days since. Little, and Thomson pass'd an hour with me in the evening, after which, I went with the latter to Mr. Atkins's. Thomson was much affected, on hearing of the death of one of his school-boys; who died of the Scarlet fever, after a very short illness. I cannot write yet in the evening, for want of fire.
Judith Parsons (Theophilus Parsons' sister) was married to Anthony Davenport, son of William Davenport and Sarah Gerrish Davenport.


John Quincy Adams From the original painting by John Singleton Copley, in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Autograph from
the Chamberlain collection, Boston Public Library.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Gerrish Line Part 1

Taken from "Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Maine: A History, Volume 4 edited by Louis Clinton Hatch History of Maine Register UNH Archives Gerrish Family Genealogy, 1617-1917 And check out The New England Historical and Genealogical Register,: Volume 51 1897, Volume 51: Gerrish Family Bible Record by Lucy Hall Greenlaw

William Gerrish was born June 24, 1842, son of George Washington Gerrish and Sarah Howard (Hanson) Gerrish and died April 12, 1903. His line of New England ancestors extends back for seven generations, beginning with Captain William Gerrish, born August 20, 1617, who came from Bristol, England, and settled in Newbury, Mass., in 1639. Captain William Gerrish died in Salem, Mass., August 9, 1687. His first wife was Joanna, daughter of Percival Lowell and widow of John Oliver, their marriage occurring April 17, 1644. Their eldest son was Captain John Gerrish, born in Newbury, Mass., May 15, 1646, who married, August 19, 1667, Elizabeth Waldron, daughter of Major Richard Waldron, of Dover, N.H., and died December 19, 1714.  
Robert Elliot Jr & Sr George Vaughan, Andrew Peppermill Timothy Gerrish deed.

Next in direct line was Colonel Timothy Gerrish, son of Captain John and Elizabeth Waldren, born in Dover, N. H., April 2, 1684. Captain John was quartermaster in 1670, captain in 1672, high constable in 1683, member of the special General Assembly, 1684, Representative from Dover, 1689-90, Royal Councillor of New Hampshire, 1692, Assistant Justice of the Supreme Court of Pleas of New Hampshire, April 27, 1697, until his death in 1714. Colonel Timothy Gerrish's sixth son, Andrew Gerish, lived in various places, including Dover, New Hampshire, and there his son, Timothy Gerrish, was born April 7, 1756. He was a gold and silversmith, but for the sixteen years preceding his death at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, December 30, 1815, was deputy sheriff and jail warden. He married, February 6, 1780, Dorothy Patterson, of Portsmouth. Their sixth child, Dorothy Gerrish, born January 1, 1791, died September 27, 1867, married (first) September 1, 1808, William Senter. Among their seven children were sons: William, Timothy, Gerrish and Andrew. William, the eldest, and Andrew, the youngest, were both expert jewelers and were associated in the business in Portland, Maine, the firm Lowell & Senter, becoming large and prosperous.  Below Gerrish Silver Description: COIN SILVER,NH,B1753,FIDDLE,WINGS

Another son Oliver Gerrish born Jan 4 1796, Portsmouth NH. Married Sarah Little on Jan 6 1825 in Portland ME and died Dec 3 1888, Portland MEApprenticed in 1810 to John Gaines in Portsmouth NH He worked from 1817 to 1819 as a goldsmith and jeweler in Boston MA as a journeyman for various firms. Portland ME, 1819-1888: president of Portland Savings Bank, Secretary and Treasurer of Relief Fire Society, a prominent Mason, and active in a large number of charitable and philanthropic organizations. He worked from 1819 to 1857 as a silversmith, jeweler, and watchmaker in Portland ME taking the stand formerly occupied by Joshua Tolford at 6 Jones Row, Exchange Street. Master to Abner Lowell c 1825 in Portland ME. Master to William Senter abt 1828 in Portland ME.

Back to William who married November 14, 1706, Sarah, daughter of the Hon. Robert Elliot and Sarah (Fryer) Elliot, of Newcastle, N. H. Sarah received as her wedding dowry the eastern end of Champernowe Island containing nearly one thousand acres and which for nearly two hundred years has been known as Gerrish's Island and the residence of Gerrish descendants where. the couple settled on Gerrish's Island, at Kittery and he died November 19, 1755. He was a wealthy farmer and merchant of Kittery, Maine, as his father had been of Dover, New Hampshire, and filled many public offices. He was Councillor for Massachusetts and Colonel of the West Yorkshire Regiment. His son John, who was born in Dover, N.H., February 6, 1710, and died in March, 1750, married November 21, 1734, Margery, daughter of Dr. George and Joanna (Pepperrell) Jackson, of Kittery, Me., and a niece of Sir William Pepperrell.
Gerrish chandlery in Kittery Maine Maritime Museum

George Gerrish, son of John and Margery, was born in Dover, N. H., April 9, 1737. He married Mary James, of Portsmouth, N.H., daughter of John and Ann (Lord) James. Her father served in the Continental army as a private in Captain Eliphalet Daniels's company, which in 1775 was stationed at Fort Sullivan. George Gerrish settled in Lebanon, Me., in 1776.

His son, Captain George Gerrish, grandfather of William, was born in Dover, N.H., October 19, 1775. He settled in Lebanon, Me., and married Elizabeth Thompson Furbush (February 21, 1799), a daughter of Richard and Jane (McCrillis) Furbush, of that town. His title of Captain was derived from his rank in the militia of York County, Maine. He died in Chelsea, Mass., January 26, 1850.

George W. Gerrish, son of Captain George and father of Lieutenant William Gerrish, was born in Lebanon, Me., January 20, 1809. In 1836 he settled in Chelsea, and engaged in the real estate business, becoming one of the largest operators in real estate in the State of Massachusetts; and he was for about forty years the largest individual taxpayer in Chelsea. At the time of his death, which took place in Chelsea, April 24, 1876, he had over one hundred and twenty-five buildings in process of construction. His wife, Sarah Howard Hanson, was a daughter of Israel and Sarah (Howard) Hanson, of Dover, N.H. They had eight children; namely, Israel Hanson, Captain George Albert (pic below), Joanna Elizabeth, Hiram Augustus, Joanna Elizabeth (second), William, Sarah Augusta, and Lydia Caroline. Israel, George Albert, and William were soldiers of the Civil War.

William Gerrish was educated in the public schools of Chelsea, and fitted for college at the Chauncy Hall School of Boston. On the breaking out of the great Civil War he enlisted for three years in Company H, formed in Chelsea and belonging to the First Massachusetts Regiment, but was discharged on account of disability. He spent six months endeavoring to recuperate his health, and then entered Norwich University in Vermont, where he spent two years in study. On February 4, 1864, he was commissioned First Lieutenant of the Twentieth United States Colored Infantry, a regiment raised, equipped, and turned over to the United States government by the Union League of New York City, which took part in the capture of Mobile and several other engagements, and which was mustered out in the fall of 1865. While with the regiment Lieutenant Gerrish served as Acting Assistant Adjutant-General for the district of Carrollton, La.

On being mustered out he went to Chicago, but returned East in 1867, and in the following year entered the office of his father. He has since remained a resident of Chelsea. He belongs to the order of the Knights of Malta. For ten years he held the office of Assessor in the city of Chelsea. He is an expert with the rifle, having served as a member of the American team in two international rifle contests. In 1880 he made the highest score at long range ever made. So far as known, the Lieutenant has made ten of the largest scores of any man in the world of which there is authentic record.

Lieutenant Gerrish was married in Chicago, June 11, 1872, by the Rev. Robert Collyer, to Emily Gertrude, daughter of Artemas Spofford and Susan Wheeler (Turner) Patten. His children arc four in number: Susan Louise, born April 12, 1873; William Patten, born September 10, 1874; Charles Victor, born May 15, 1876; and George Howard, born August 15, 1877, of Harvard University, 1901.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Tristram Dalton & Family

By Melissa Berry

Please see Article The First Daltons in the New World by Rodney G. Dalton

Tristram Dalton

From Vital Records & Benjamin Labaree Patriots and Partisans

Born   May 28, 1738 Newburyport, MA
Died   May 30, 1817 Boston, MA
Son of Captain Michael Dalton and Mary Little 
He married Ruth Hooper, daughter of  Robert Hooper and Ruth Swett Hooper of Marblehead, MA in 1758
Michael Dalton son of Philemon Dalton and Abigail Gove Dalton, b. Hampton, N. H., February 22, 1709.
Mary Little was daughter of Tristram Little and Anna Emery 

Children: By his marriage with Ruth Hooper he had ten children; four boys and six girls. Three of his daughters only lived to grow up. All of the boys and one of the girls died in childhood. The loss of his sons was a great affliction to him. In a letter written in 1790 to his friend Mr. Hodge, congratulating him on the safe return of his son John from a sea voyage, he says, " alas ! for me, I have no sons whose return I shall ever welcome." from Eben F. Stone

1. Mary Dalton, b. July 4, 1764; d. young.

2. Ruth Hooper Dalton, b. April 8, 1769; m. July 21, 1789, Lewis Deblois.

3. Mary Dalton, b. March 4, 1771. m. Hon. Leonard White of Haverhill

4. Sarah Dalton, b. Feb. 19, 1775.

5. Catherine Dalton, b. April 13, 1777.

6.  Robert Hooper, b. Apr. 8, 1769  bur. Sept. 6, 1775

The Hooper Family: 

Robert Hooper became a merchant of very great extent of business and owner of large and somewhat widely separated properties. His control of the fishing business of Marblehead and other interests was so pronounced that he was popularly called "King Hooper." He owned lands in Marblehead, Salem, Danvers, and at Lyndeborough, N. H., and elsewhere. He had a large and elegant house at Marblehead and also a mansion at Danvers where he did "royal" entertaining. His vessels sailed to the fishing grounds of this coast and to foreign ports. In May, 1747, he agreed to pay the expenses of a school for poor children, which was established. He had a high reputation for honor and integrity in his business dealings, and for his benevolence. He presented Marblehead with a fire engine in March, 1751. One of his schooners, the Swallow, was captured at the West Indies in 1756. He was representative to the General Court in 1755; declined a seat in the Council on account of deafness in 1759.

Robert Hooper, Esquire, was one of the thirty-six persons appointed " councillers of the Province" in 1774, at the beginning of the agitation which led to the Revolution; and was one of twelve of that number who refused to accept the honor and participate in what they felt would be unjust to the people. He was, however, rather inclined to the side of the king during at least the early part of the war. He died May 20, 1790. From Hooper Genealogy

The Dalton Family:

Michael Dalton was evidently a man of ambition, and held the English ideas of family pride and consequence. He died, in 1770, at the age of sixty-one, too early to enjoy the satisfactions which he naturally anticipated from his success in business. His widow, the mother of Tristram, and a most estimable woman, afterwards married Patrick Tracy, the ancestor, on the maternal side, of the distinguished Charles, James and Patrick Tracy Jackson, to whom the Lowells, the Lees, and others of distinction are related. She died Dec. 10, 1791, aged 78. Michael Dalton lived, during the early part of his life, en the northerly side of what is now Market square, near the head of Greenleafs wharf. His portrait is in the possession of a great-granddaughter. It indicates considerable force of character, and his figure, attitude and expression all impress one with the idea that he was a man of energy and self-reliance. from Eben F. Stone

Patrick Tracy

After his death his entire property, with the exception of the widow's thirds, went to his only child Tristram. He made no will, and his estate was never entered in Probate Court, so that there is no satisfactory evidence to be obtained of the extent and value of his property at the time of his decease. It was apparently ample to satisfy his son's wishes and expectations, for it seems that after his father's death he gave his attention not so much to business as to other matters more congenial to his taste. In 1782, Tristram Dalton paid the largest individual tax in Newburyport, the amount being £131-5-6. The same year Jonathan Jackson's tax was £100-1-5 ; Stephen Hooper's,£98-10-8; Joseph Marquand's, £67-6-7; Thomas Thomas's, £56-14-1; William Bartlet's, £37-7-8 ; Moses Brown's, £22-5-11. Tristram Dalton was named for his maternal grandfather, Tristram Little, who was a successful trader in Newburyport, having his place of business in Market square near the corner of Liberty street, and he, too, was named for his maternal grandfather, Tristram Coffin, the ancestor of the English admiral, Sir Isaac Coffin, and an important man in his day. The name of Tristram has been handed down to the present time in different families which trace their descent to Tristram Coffin.    from Eben F. Stone


Tristram attended Governor Dummer Academy and went on to study law at Harvard College (1755) and in was in the same class with John Adams. After graduation he worked in Salem, but soon left law and joined his father in business in Newburyport. 

Tristram had "a deep interest in agriculture and horticulture which was shown in the extensive garden of his residence on State street, and his estate on Pipestave hill. West Newbury."   from Sarah Emery 

Tristram does not appear to have taken any special interest in public affairs until the commencement of the Revolution, when he unhesitatingly put his heart and soul into the cause of his country. With what strength and ardor of patriotism he congratulates his friend Elbridge Gerry, then a member of the Continental Congress, on the Declaration of Independence in the following letter of July, 1776

Dear Sir: I wish you joy on the late Declaration, an event so ardently desired by your good self and the people you particularly represent. We are no longer to be amused with delusive prospects. The die Is cast. All stake. The way Is made plain. No one can now doubt on which side it Is his duty to act. We have everything to hope from the goodness of our cause. The God of justice is omnipotent. We are not to fear what man or multitude can do. We have put on the harness, and I trust It will not be put off until we see our land of security and freedom, the wonder of the other hemisphere, the asylum of all who pant for deliverance from bondage.

Wishing every blessing to attend you, I am dear sir with great regard,
Your Obedient Servant,
Tristram Dalton 

Tristram served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1782 to 1785, and served as speaker in 1784. He was elected to the Continental Congress in 1783 and 1784, but did not attend. He served as a Massachusetts state senator from 1785 to 1788, and was appointed to the United States Senate in 1788. He served from March 4, 1789 to March 3, 1791. He spent his later years as surveyor Boston port from November 1814 until his death in 1817. According to records, Dalton lost all his fortune: he was induced by George Washington to invest in property about what is now Washington City. This did not prove for him a successful financial venture. Tristram Dalton was chosen vestryman of Fairfax Church, Fairfax Parish, Fairfax county, in 1789 (see page 268, Vol. I, Meade's Old Families and Churches of Virginia).

 Picture from 

Below The Dalton Club built by Michael Dalton in 1746, was also the home of his son Tristram Dalton, merchant prince and Senator, who maintained a six-horse coach and an establishment that for luxury remains famous. According to legend At his death he left 1200 gallons of choice wines in his cellars. From Porter Sargent

Below: Invitation From President and Mrs. Washington to Tristram Dalton and family Ink, laid paper March 1, 1793 from Mount Vernon Museum