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ITEM — Box: 6 Identifier: UAI 15.1404

Copy of Jonathan Barnard will, [circa 1769] Digital

Scope and Contents

8-page handwritten 18th century copy of the 1769 will of Reverend John Barnard.


  • [circa 1769]

Researcher Access

The Wills naming Harvard as a beneficiary are open for research.


1.57 cubic feet (1 legal document box, 1 flat box, 1 oversized volume, 6 volumes, and 2 folders)

Biographical / Historical

John Barnard (1681-1770), a Marblehead, Mass. minister, graduated from Harvard in 1700, and received an AM in 1703. After preaching sermons around New England and in London, Barnard was ordained as the minister of Marblehead in 1716 and served until his death on January 24, 1770. Barnard regularly preached sermons in Boston and delivered the second Dudleian lecture at Harvard. He was an active supporter of Harvard and donated books to the College after the fire of 1764. Barnard bequeathed £200 to Harvard in his will. He married Anna Woodbury in 1718 and adopted Anna’s grand-nephew John Barnard Swett (Harvard AB 1771).

Former call number

Formerly classified as UAI 15.1460 vt Will of Rev. John Barnard, 1769

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Col. Samuel Swett of Boston on May 16, 1854.


Repository Details

Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository

Holding nearly four centuries of materials, the Harvard University Archives is the principal repository for the institutional records of Harvard University and the personal archives of Harvard faculty, as well as collections related to students, alumni, Harvard-affiliates and other associated topics. The collections document the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard and the influence of the University as it emerged across the globe.

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