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Jacob Hiler (1755-1835) Papers

Jacob Hiler (1755-1835) Papers

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JACOB HILER (1755-1835) PAPERS, 1784-1861





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Hiler, Jacob, 1755-1835
Title:Jacob Hiler (1755-1835) Papers
Dates:1784/1861
Quantity:8 linear feet (9 boxes, 6 volumes)
Abstract:The Jacob Hiler papers contain materials relating to Hiler's work as a shipwright in Boston, his involvement in the Second Baptist Church in Boston, papers relating to his estate, and other Hiler family papers.
Collection Number:MH 124

Series List


SERIES I. Business Papers
A. Bills and Receipts Unbound
B. Bills and Receipts Bound Together
C. Account books
SERIES II. Personal Papers
A. Second Baptist Church
B. Other
C. Estate of Jacob Hiler
SERIES III. Other Hiler Family Papers

Scope and Content Note

The Jacob Hiler papers contain materials relating to Hiler's work as a shipwright in Boston, his involvement in the Second Baptist Church in Boston, papers relating to his estate, and other Hiler family papers. Many of the papers were bound together with titles given to them; these items have been kept together and the original titles kept as the folder titles. This collection has been divided into three series.


Series I. Business Papers contains materials related to Hiler's work as a shipwright in Boston. This series has been divided into three subseries. Subseries A. Bills and Receipts Unbound contains bills, receipts, invoices, and related business papers that were found loose in the original boxes. These loose materials have been filed chronologically. Subseries B. Bills and Receipts Found Bound Together contains bills, receipts, invoices, and related business papers that were found bound together. Subseries C. Account Books contains account books and day books that Hiler used in his business.


Series II. Personal Papers contains materials related to or from Hiler, not related to his work as a shipwright. This series contains three subseries. Subseries A. Second Baptist Church contains papers about Hiler's work to establish a Sabbath School at the Second Baptist Church, including lists of contributors to the school. Subseries B. Other contains a certificate certifying Hiler as an engine man for engine number three, and a poem, written by an unknown person. There are also accounts of [P.] Smith's estate with Hiler. Subseries C. Estate of Jacob Hiler contains papers and account books related to the management of Hiler's estate, including newspaper articles about the disposition of Hiler's estate.


Series III. Other Hiler Family Papers contains materials from Hiler's family members, including Hiler's son, Thomas, his wife Grace, and other family members. Included in this series is a letter book and account book belonging to Thomas G. Hiler and an account book from other Hiler family members. Also included in this series are bills paid by Grace Hiler for A. P. Young, and Grace's own bills that were paid by other family members after her death. There are legal documents and accounts related to Benjamin and Mehitable Hathorne and bills on the family house in William's Court.


Biographical Sketch

Jacob Hiler was born in 1755 in Boston, Massachusetts. He appears to have worked at many different jobs. He was a carpenter on board the sloop Machias Liberty, was master-at-arms on the US brig General Gates during the American Revolutionary War, in addition to being a matross in Captain Philip Maretti's company, part of Colonel Crofts' artillery regiment. After the Revolutionary War, he appears to have continued to work as a shipwright in Boston. He was also appointed an engine man, attached to engine number three in Boston in 1810.


He was a deacon at the Second Baptist Church in Boston and appears to have been involved in the creation of the church's Sabbath School. Hiler married Grace Greenleaf on August 5, 1780; they had at least one son, Thomas Greenleaf Hiler. Jacob Hiler died on August 12, 1835.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Hiler, Jacob, 1755-1835
Sally (Sloop)
Second Baptist Church (Boston, Mass.)
Account books
Administration of estates
Ship building
Shipping

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Jacob Hiler (1755-1835) Papers, MH 124, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was donated by Commander Philip M. Clark in 1950 (accession #12,280). Clark inherited the papers from his second cousin, Grace Hiler, the granddaughter of Jacob Hiler, when she died in 1950 at the age of 92.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, June 2015.


Related Material


Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.


Marquis, Albert Nelson, ed. Who's Who in New England: A Biographical Dictionary of Living Leading Men and Women of the States of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. A. N. Marquis and Company, 1915.


Sons of the American Revolution, Massachusetts Society. Register. The Society, 1899.


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