Hancock family papers, 1664-1854 (inclusive), Women, Enterprise & Society

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About this Item

Creator
Hancock family.
Type
Logs (records)Account books.Bills.Bills of sale.Correspondence.Daybooks.Deeds.Ledgers.Legal instruments.Letter books.Negotiable instruments.Ships' papers.
Language
English
Origin
Massachusetts
Description
44 linear ft. (27 volumes, 34 boxes).|Copies: 6 microfilm reels.
Identifier
colonialnorthamerica.library.harvard.edu/990088020470203941_HBS.Baker.GEN:WES
Subjects
Atkins, Henry
Adams, John
Adams, Samuel
Amherst, Jeffery Amherst
Apthorp, Charles
Bastide, John Henry
Belcher, Jonathan
Bulkeley, Peter
Clark, William
Erving, John
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Deming, Hannah
Faneuil, Peter
Gerrish, Benjamin
Gardiner, John, Jr
Gardiner, Silvester
Goadsby, Thomas
Gross, Simon
Hancock, Ebenezer
Hancock, Elizabeth
Hancock, John
Hancock, Thomas
Hancock family
Hastings, Jonathan
Hayley, George
Henchman, Daniel
Holmes, Prince
Hopson, Peregrine Thomas
Hutchinson, Thomas
Kilby, Christopher
Knowles, Charles
Lawrence, Charles
Longman, Thomas
Matchett, John
Mein, John
Otis, James
Pico, Joshua
Rowe, John
Shirley, William
Storer, Ebenezer
Scott, James
Sewall, Samuel
Tonge, Winckworth
Tyler, William
Wendell, Jacob
Winslow, Joshua
Blanchard & Hancock.
Brandrams, Templeman & Co.
Boston Packet (Ship)
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company.
Harrison & Ansley.
Hayley & Hopkins.
James & Jacob Otis.
John & Thomas Hancock.
Lydia (Brig)
Hayley (Ship)
Rebecca (Ship)
Tolman & Fayerweather.
United States.
Women--Employment
Free African Americans--Massachusetts--Boston
Tea trade
Smuggling
Administration of estates--Massachusetts
Book industries and trade--Massachusetts
Booksellers and bookselling--Massachusetts--Boston
Coastwise shipping
Commission merchants
Cotton trade--United States
Embargo, 1807-1809
Exports
Fish trade
First Coalition, War of the, 1792-1797
Gunpowder industry--United States
Imports
International trade
Marine insurance
Merchants--Massachusetts
Military supplies
Potash industry and trade
Privateering
Retail trade--Massachusetts
Second Coalition, War of the, 1798-1801
Shipbuilding
Shipping
Slavery--United States
Slave trade--United States
Tariff
Textile industry
Tobacco industry--United States
Whaling
Whale oil
Wharves--Massachusetts
Wholesale trade--Massachusetts
Women merchants--Massachusetts
Self-employed women--Massachusetts
Annapolis Royal (N.S.)--History
Boston (Mass.)--Commerce
Chignecto Isthmus (N.B. and N.S.)--History
Louisbourg (N.S.)--History
United States--History
United States--Politics and government
West Indies--Commerce

Content Notes

The Hancock family of Boston included wealthy colonial merchant Thomas Hancock (1703-1764) and his nephew John Hancock (1737-1793), president of the Second Continental Congress, governor of Massachusetts, and signer of the Declaration of Independence. This collection, dated 1664-1854, contains business and personal correspondence, financial records, and legal papers of Thomas Hancock, John Hancock, and other relatives and associates, including Ebenezer Hancock (1741-1819; Harvard AB 1760), his sons John Hancock (1774-1859) and Thomas Hancock, bookseller Daniel Henchman (1689-1761), and merchant and slave trader Peter Faneuil (1700-1743).
  • Volume JH-6 John Hancock letterbook (business), 1762-1783, is also available in an electronic version.|Volume L-1, Ship Rebecca logbook, kept by James Scott, 1755-1757, is also available in an electronic version.|Volume TG-1, Thomas Goadsby copybook, 1787-1788, is also available in an electronic version.|are available on microfilm (1 reel, 35mm.) for use in the Special Collections Reading Room, Baker Library. Order no. 64-4556.|are available on microfilm (1 reel, 35mm.) for use in the Special Collections Reading Room, Baker Library. Order no. 65-1446.|are available on microfilm (1 reel, 35mm.) for use in the Special Collections Reading Room, Baker Library. Order no. 68-6820.|is available on microfilm (1 reel, 35mm.) for use in the Special Collections Reading Room, Baker Library. Order no. 70-9247.|is available on microfilm (1 reel, 35mm.) for use in the Special Collections Reading Room, Baker Library. Order no.73-7422.|is available on microfilm (1 reel, 35mm.) for use in the Special Collections Reading Room, Baker Library. Order no.74-2648.

Biographical Notes

Influential Boston family that included wealthy colonial merchant Thomas Hancock (1703-1764) and his nephew John Hancock (1737-1793; Harvard AB 1754), president of the Second Continental Congress, governor of Massachusetts, and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Hancock had a variety of business interests including bookselling, exporting codfish, whale oil, log wood, and potash, and supplying rum and provisions to the Newfoundland fishing fleet. Between 1746 and 1758, Hancock and his partner, Boston merchant and slave trader Charles Apthorp (1698-1758), secured contracts to supply British forces during King George's War and the French and Indian War. John Hancock inherited the bulk of his uncle's estate at the age of twenty-seven, but his increasing involvement in the cause of American liberty shifted his focus away from his business. His brother Ebenezer Hancock (1741-1819; Harvard AB 1760) and nephews Thomas and John Hancock (1774-1859) were also merchants. John Hancock also acted as an agent for Boston gunpowder sales of E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company before and during the War of 1812.