Skip to main content
ITEM — Multiple Containers Identifier: Mss:766 1754-1898

Coroner of Essex County, 1778-1796 Digital

Scope and Contents

Contains papers related to John Heard's tenure as a coroner of Essex County, dated 1778-1796, including his appointment by the state, summons to the constable to convene jurors to conduct inquests, inquisition indentures, juror receipts and lists, and accounts of charges incurred by the inquisition, such as a gravedigger's bill. Several cases of unnamed women were found by the jurors to be a suicides by hanging. The March 29, 1781, summons to view the body of an African American man named Jupiter at the house of Mrs. Ares concludes the cause of death to be suicide by hanging. The deaths of Ipswich mariner Joseph Emerton and another unknown sailor were determined to be drownings. Other names of deceased persons include Nabby Jones, Philip Lord, Isaac Galloway, and Parker Storey. On October 2, 1795, Heard issued a summons to appear at the Ipswich house of Comeno (or Quomeno) Morris to investigate the death of a child.


  • 1734-1888

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Some materials may be stored offsite; access requires advance notice. Contact for more information.

Due to preservation concerns, researchers are required to use microfilm copies of papers when available. Please contact reference staff at for more information regarding this collection and use of microfilm.


400 linear feet (800 volumes, 272 boxes, 102 cartons)

Physical Location


Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

Baker Library | Bloomberg Center
Soldiers Field Road
Boston MA 01263 USA
(617) 495-6411