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Jonathan Oakes (1751-1818) Papers

Jonathan Oakes (1751-1818) Papers

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JONATHAN OAKES (1751-1818) PAPERS, 1795-1797





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:Oakes, Jonathan, 1751-1818
Title:Jonathan Oakes (1751-1818) Papers
Dates:1795/1797
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 envelope)
Abstract:The Jonathan Oakes papers consist solely of papers for the ship Governor Bowdoin, of which Oakes was captain.
Collection Number:MH 172

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Scope and Content Note

The Jonathan Oakes papers consist solely of papers for the ship Governor Bowdoin, of which Oakes was captain. The papers include invoices, accounts, disbursements, and portage bills. The ship was owned by Samuel Blagge, Joseph Woodward, William Shattuck, and John Wells.


Biographical Sketch

Jonathan Oakes was born in Malden, Massachusetts, on October 4, 1751, to Jonathan and Esther (Buckman) Oakes. Before he was 20 years old, Oakes was master of a vessel in the merchant service and later became a naval officer during the American Revolution. In 1776 he was captain of the private armed brigantine Hawke. During the war, he captured several ships.


After the close of the war, he continued in the merchant marine service and in 1796 was the Paris agent for the house of John and Richard Codman of Boston. When he returned home, he retired from seafaring life and became interested in politics. He was elected representative from Malden in the general court of Massachusetts twelve times.


In 1774 Captain Oakes married Sarah Nichols (b. 1754) and they had eight children. Oakes died on August 6, 1818.


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.

Governor Bowdoin (Ship)
Ship captains
Shipping
Salem (Mass.)

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

Jonathan Oakes (1751-1818) Papers, MH 172, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was purchased (acc #11,435).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, November 2015.


Related Material

Corey, Deloraine P. The History of Malden, Massachusetts, 1633-1785. Malden: Author, 1899.


Cutter, William Richard. Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts. Vol. I. New York: Lewis Historical Pub., 1908.


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