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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:766 1754-1898

Heard family business records

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...

Town of Ipswich, 1774-1817 Digital

Scope and Contents Contains papers related to civic and legal service in Ipswich by John Heard, dated 1774-1817, including an appointment by James Pitts and James Bowdoin, executors of James Bowdoin's estate, to take possession of property recovered through a lawsuit; Ipswich town committee records and meeting warrants to consider matters such as granting approval of Dr. John Manning to establish a woolens manufactory and Stephen Lord to open a tailor's shop; and summonses and depositions in cases where he acted...

Town of Ipswich, 1779-1820 Digital

Scope and Contents Includes John Heard's appointments as a justice of the peace in Essex County, a summons to attend the Massachusetts General Court after he was elected state senator, and his appointments to various Ipswich town committees, as well as bills for construction of a fire-proof probate office, dated 1779-1820.

Estate and Guardianship papers relating to: Daniel Choate, Joseph Cogswell, Nathaniel Hatch, Charles Heard, Nathaniel Heard, Jonathan Ingersoll, Enoch Pearson, Daniel Nayes, Samuel Rogers, Joseph Swasey, Royal Tyler, Daniel Wise, 1773-1825 Digital

Scope and Contents Contains estate records and guardianship papers for assorted minors, dated 1773-1825. Inlcuded are a copy of the will of Ipswich ship wright Francis Cogswell, and court documents and financial records related to John Heard's appointment as guardian of Cogswell's son Joseph, such as receipts for his college tuition; and estate papers of his brothers Charles and Nathan Heard; copies of the division of Colonel Samuel Rogers' estate; bonds and receipts from the estate of Royall Tyler of Boston; and...

Bonds: Daniel Heard, Samuel Heard, 1770-1812 Digital

Scope and Contents Contains deeds of land from Daniel Heard to John Heard, and copies of bonds from Samuel Heard and Daniel Heard to John Heard, dated 1770-1772, as well as a promissory note from Samuel Heard and bill to Nathan Heard, Jr., dated 1810-1812.

Town of Ipswich; deeds of undivided lands granted to town by Commoners, votes of town meetings, list of subscribers for turnpike from Newburyport to Beverly Bridge, commoner's bills, 1783-1803 Digital

Scope and Contents Contains papers related to John Heard's service on town committees and other Ipswich town affairs, dated 1783-1803. Includes bills to the town for labor and service of committee members, the town clerk, and others; memoranda of property rights granted; and a list of retailers including Daniel Noyes, Anna Dodge, Anna Marshall, Jonathan Cogswell, Margaret Wise, Nathaniel Heard, Daniel Rogers, and innkeepers, including Jacob Treadwell, Jeremiah Choate, and Richard Homans, in Ipswich in 1789....

Deeds, 1759-1819 Digital

Scope and Contents Contains original and copies of deeds to property in Ipswich, Hallowell, and Raymond Township, and rights to commonage, to John Heard and others, dated 1759-1819. Included are deeds to an Ipswich distillery business transferred among William Story, Ebenezer Pemberton, Heard, William Dodge, and Royall Tyler and Nathaniel Hatch, a writ of possession related to the estate of James Bowdoin, and deeds of Ipswich land to Heard from Hannah Rogers and Martha Staniford, as well as a deed to a warehouse...

Agreements, leases, powers of attorney, 'Swasey's Tavern', 1737-1816 Digital

Scope and Contents Contains legal records, dated 1737-1816, including agreements, deeds, and leases signed by John Heard for the land, dwelling house, and store he owned on Union Street in Boston. On the verso of an indenture is a copy of an agreement between John Heard and Paul Revere. There is also an agreement with Benjamin Harrod to create a two hundred and ten gallon still, powers of attorney to Heard, referee reports, documents related to lawsuits, and bonds from Heard to William Story, Jr., for half of...

Sales of rum, also sugar, wood, molasses, chocolate, etc.; Payments in days' work, etc., 1770-1771 Digital

Scope and Contents Daybook of sales of rum, molasses, clove water, sugar, boards, snakeroot, pork, and other commodities by John Heard in 1770-1771, sometimes paid in barter of labor or service, and expenses associated with his still house, such as purchase of molasses from suppliers. Accounts included Heard's father and grandfather, Captain Abraham Dodge, Joseph Appleton, Isaac Appleton, Daniel Low, and Andrew Burley. A few personal expenses appear in the volume: Johanna Rast was paid cash for nursing.

Sales of rum, also sugar, wood, molasses, chocolate, etc.; Payments in days' work, etc., 1771-1778 Digital

Scope and Contents Daybook of sales and distribution of rum and cider from John Heard's distillery, trade of cotton, molasses, clovewater, sugar, boards, snakeroot, rice, and other commodities, and expenses of outiftting privateers, such as the brig Nabby, schooner Martha, ship Black Prince, and sloops Polly and Success, dated 1771-1778. Names in the volume include Isaac Averil, Moses Pinder, Nathaniel Lord, Francis Cogswell, Joseph Dennie, William Wise, and Anna Dodge. Entries in October 1778 contain a charge to...