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Oakes, Jonathan, 1751-1818
Jonathan Oakes (1751-1818)
0.25 linear feet (1 envelope)
The Jonathan Oakes papers
consist solely of papers for the ship Governor Bowdoin,
of which Oakes was captain.
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.
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
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
In 1774 Captain Oakes married Sarah Nichols (b. 1754) and they had eight
children. Oakes died on August 6, 1818.
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or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Governor Bowdoin (Ship)
Restrictions on Access
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