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Hacket Family Papers
0.75 linear feet (1 box, 2 volumes)
The Hacket Family papers
include account books, shipbuilding specifications, and both business and personal
SERIES I. Richard Hacket (1716-1767) Papers SERIES II. William Hacket (1739-1808) Papers SERIES III. Captain John Bagley (1765-1826)
Papers SERIES IV. Miscellaneous Papers
Scope and Content Note
The Hacket Family papers include account books, shipbuilding specifications, and both
business and personal correspondence. The collection is divided into four
Series I. Richard Hacket (1716-1767) Papers consists
of his account book from his business and loose papers that were removed from this
volume. The papers are arranged in the sequential order in which they were removed
from the volume. The page of the volume from which the documents were removed has
been noted on the back of each document. The account book lists sales of wood,
nails, molasses and cider. Accounts were settled by the executor of his estate in
1768 and 1769, with one final entry in 1791.
Series II. William Hacket (1739-1808) Papers consists
largely of correspondence, bills, and legal papers, such as contracts, to and from
Hacket. These papers are grouped together in chronological order, as virtually all
of them concern shipbuilding and shipping. Of interest is a letter of complaint,
March 16, 1808, by Captain William Hacket, which offers an autobiographical account.
The papers also include an interesting indenture of an apprentice; Thomas Dollor of
Salisbury, a drinking man that spends all he has in Rum and other strong drink and
lets his family suffer, was apprenticed to Hacket on September 22, 1773 by several
Salisbury justices of the peace. The undated material consists largely of lists of
ships dimensions. Some of the prominent names in William Hackets papers include
Elias Hasket Derby (1739-1799), Richard Derby (1736-1781), Samuel Gardner
(1712/3-1769), Weld Gardner (1745-1801), William Jeffrey ([1737-1772]), Elijah
Morrill (1719-1767), Ezra Morrill (1741/2-1797), and Timothy Rogers
Also included in William Hackets papers is an account book for a general store,
1764-1790. Accounts are listed under customers names and describe the sale of
fabrics, worsteds, sail cloth, rum, molasses, and food as well as the use of his
boat. Page 262 lists some creditors of his uncles (Richard Hacket) estate; page 258
lists payments to the heirs. One folder contains loose papers that were removed from
this account book; the papers are arranged in the sequential order in which they
were found in the volume. The page of the volume from which the documents were
removed has been noted on the back of each document.
The folder of Hacket family miscellaneous paper consists of papers relating to
other members of the Hacket family.
Series III. Captain John Bagley (1765-1826) Papers
contains some legal and business letters relating to his shipping accounts; however
the majority of the series consists of letters written to his wife, Sally (Hacket)
Bagley (1766-1845). These letters were sent from ports all over the world to Mr.
Bagley at home in Salisbury. The letters describe the progress of the voyage(s), the
condition of the ship and crew, and information on the sale of cargo. Ports visited
by Bagley include Havana, Russian, Cayenne (French Guiana), and Bordeaux. The John
Bagley miscellaneous papers consist of letters, receipts, etc. of other Bagley
family members, primarily merchant Lowell Bagley (1765-1726, probably a nephew of
Capt. John Bagley), or letters addressed to correspondents staying with the Bagley
Series IV. Miscellaneous Papers consists of a folder
of papers spanning the years 1718 to 1816, along with undated material. This series
contains bids on ships, bills, and dimensions for the construction of ships, written
by correspondents not directly represented in the Hacket family.
Richard Hacket was born in Salisbury, Massachusetts, on
February 12, 1716, the son of William and Hannah (Young) Hacket. Richard married
Eleanor Flanders in Salisbury on December 20, 1737. They had four children. He may
have been a boat builder; many members of the Hacket family were mariners or
involved in shipbuilding. He served as a selectman in Salisbury in 1760. His nephew
was Captain William Hacket, whose settlement of his uncles estate is found in the
Richard Hacket account book. Richard Hacket died in Salisbury on April 18 or 25,
Captain William Hacket, shipwright, was born in
Salisbury, Massachusetts, on May 1, 1739, the son of William, Jr. and Elizabeth
(Stevens) Hacket. He was married in Salisbury on April 10, 1760 to Nanny (or Anna)
Osgood, daughter of William and Sarah (Jones) Osgood. They had eight children,
including William Osgood Hacket (1760-1782) and Andrew Hacket (1776-1838). William
Hacket, along with his cousin James K. Hacket (or Hackett), ran their highly
regarded shipbuilding business. James handled the business end, while William was
the designer and builder.
William Hacket served from May 7 to December 16, 1759 with the rank of
lieutenant in the French and Indian Wars, Crown Point Expedition, in the company of
Captain William Bayley. During the Revolutionary War, Hacket was responsible for the
design of a number of government-commissioned ships.
At the time of his death, Hacket was listed in the towns vital records as
deacon, although it is not known what position he played in the town to acquire
this title or when. William died in Salisbury on November 20, 1808 at the age of 69
Captain John Bagley was born in Salisbury,
Massachusetts, on January 31, 1765. He may possibly have been the son of Timothy and
Mary Bagley. He married Sally Hacket (1766-1845), who was the daughter of Captain
William and Nanny Hacket on July 7, 1791. Bagley apparently went around the world as
a shipmaster, trading cargo from his ships. He died in Salisbury on April 19, 1826
at the age of 61 years.
See Appendix I for full family tree.
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.
Bagley, John, 1765-1826
Bagley, Lowell, 1784-1863
Bagley, Sally Hacket, 1766-1845
Derby, Elias Hasket, 1739-1799
Derby, Richard, 1736-1781
Gardner, Samuel, 1713-1769
Gardner, Weld, 1745-1801
Hacket, Richard, 1716-1767
Hacket, William, 1739-1808
Morrill, Elijah, 1719-1767
Morrill, Ezra, 1742-1797
Rogers, Timothy, -1766
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
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
This collection is from an unknown source. Thirteen of John Bagley's letters were
removed from Family Manuscripts and placed here.
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