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Sufferers from the Great Boston Fire of 176

The scope of the Boston fire of 20 Mar 1760 really comes out in the list of victims that the newspapers published in the following week. The list was actually a guess, based on November 1759 property assessment records. The printers acknowledged that...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Jan 2019

“A most terrible Fire” Starting at the Brazen Head

The 21 Mar 1760 Boston News-Letter reported two significant fires in Boston in the preceding week and then proceeded to this hastily composed yet lengthy report:Since the above Accounts were compos’d, for this Paper, a most terrible Fire happened...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Jan 2019

Three Decades of Historical Context

The Saga of the Brazen Head started in 1730 with the first appearance of brazier James Jackson in the Boston newspapers, and it’s reached the year 1759.What else was happening in New England in three decades? If we look at readily available timelines...
From: Boston 1775 on 13 Jan 2019

A Firmer for Molding Your Square Butts

The Jackson family of the Brazen Head advertised a lot of hardware that was unfamiliar to me—not that I do much metalworking or woodworking. I looked up a bunch of those terms while confirming my transcription and got curious about others. So here’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 12 Jan 2019

“To be sold by Wholesale and Retail, By James Jackson”

As I research Mary Jackson and her family, I must say it would be a lot easier if they weren’t named Jackson. And if they hadn’t kept choosing first names like James, William, and Mary. But of course they weren’t the only family in eighteenth-century...
From: Boston 1775 on 10 Jan 2019

A New Owner at the Brazen Head

By 1756, Mary Jackson had been running her shop at the Sign of the Brazen Head in central Boston for over twenty years.She had started as a suddenly widowed mother of two young children and for a few years had a male business partner, but then he died,...
From: Boston 1775 on 9 Jan 2019

“Just imported, and to be sold by Mary Jackson”

After her business partner Robert Charles died, Mary Jackson stepped up her advertising from the Sign of the Brazen Head. Her main business was brass hardware and metals, both made in the shop and shipped in from Britain. For example, the Boston Evening-Post...
From: Boston 1775 on 7 Jan 2019

“The late Company of Jackson and Charles”

As proprietor of the brazier’s shop at the Sign of the Brazen Head, Mary Jackson managed a largely male staff of colleagues, journeymen, and apprentices. The probate file for Jackson’s late husband James listed five males questioned about...
From: Boston 1775 on 5 Jan 2019

“Mary makes and sells Tea-Kettles and Coffee pots”

As recounted in yesterday’s posting, by the end of 1735 Mary Jackson had reopened her husband James’s braziery shop a few weeks after he died at sea.Mary Jackson had two sons under age five to provide for, and, according to accounts she later...
From: Boston 1775 on 4 Jan 2019

Settling James Jackson’s Estate

The last installment of The Saga of the Brazen Head ended on 12 Sept 1735 with James Jackson drowning on a trip home from Maine. He left his wife Mary with two sons under the age of five. James left no will, so on 25 September a probate judge appointed...
From: Boston 1775 on 3 Jan 2019

“Overset in the Storm near the Isle of Sholes”

In the Boston newspapers printed on Thursday, 15 Sept 1735, we can watch the maritime town struggle to gather and digest news of a calamity at sea. First, the Boston Post-Boy: Last Monday Night we had a hard Storm, the Wind from N. E. to S. E. in which...
From: Boston 1775 on 30 Dec 2018

“Brown Paper made at Mr. Fry’s Mill”

In 1734 Richard Fry finally set about making paper at the mill built for him in Stroudwater outside Falmouth (now Portland), Maine, by real-estate developers Samuel Waldo and Thomas Westbrook. Fry sublet some of that facility to another English papermaker...
From: Boston 1775 on 29 Dec 2018

“At the Brazen Head in Cornhill Boston”

One of the landmarks of pre-Revolutionary Boston was the Brazen Head—a carved head covered in bronze. It hung outside a shop near the center of town, right across from the Town House.Earlier this year I found that several histories say the Sign...
From: Boston 1775 on 26 Dec 2018

March 19

GUEST CURATOR: Ceara Morse What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Massachusetts Gazette (March 19, 1767).“To be sold by WILLIAM JACKSON, at his Shop at the Brazen Head.” This advertisement made me curious...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 19 Mar 2017

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