Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Jewett Family Account Books, 1692-1736

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, June 2012

Summary Information
Title: Jewett family account books
Creator: Jewett, Abraham, ca. 1637-ca. 1694 and Jewett, Abraham, 1674-1722
Inclusive dates: 1692-1736
Bulk dates: 1692-1711
Extent: 2 volumes and 1 manuscript
Abstract:
This collection contains 2 account books kept by Abraham Jewett and his son, also named Abraham, as well as a fragment of an apprenticeship contract. The account books primarily record the Jewetts' income from making and repairing shoes for residents of Rowley and Ipswich, Massachusetts, between 1692 and 1711.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1989. M-2469.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Jewett family account books, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

Abraham Jewett was born around 1637. He had at least one brother, Joseph. Jewett lived in Rowley, Massachusetts, in the late 1600s, and worked as a shoemaker and tanner. On February 2, 1661, he married Ann Allen, daughter of Bozoon and Ann Allen. They had eight children: Deborah (b. 1664), Ann (1667-1715), William (b. ca. 1669), Mary (ca. 1672-ca. 1722), Bosoume (b. 1673), Abraham (1674-1722), Priscilla (b. ca. 1680), and Elizabeth (ca. 1688-1756). The elder Abraham Jewett died around 1694. His son Abraham also became a shoemaker, and lived in Rowley with his wife, Sarah Dorman. They had four children: Ruth (1704-1730), Anne (1705-1788), William (1707), and Abraham (1713-1736).


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 2 account books kept by Abraham Jewett and his son, also named Abraham, as well as a fragment of an apprenticeship contract. The account books primarily record the Jewetts' income from making and repairing shoes for residents of Rowley and Ipswich, Massachusetts, between 1692 and 1711.

The elder Abraham Jewett began his account book in 1692, and recorded his transactions with individuals in Rowley and Ipswich. The accounts relate to Jewett's work making and repairing shoes; he received payments in cash, foodstuffs, and other items. Notes throughout the volume provide the dates of financial reconcilement with debtors. Though the accounts in this volume cover the years 1692 to 1695, most date between 1692 and 1694.

The account book of Abraham's son is similar in format and also documents his work with shoes and hides. He, too, often received payments in corn, molasses, and other foodstuffs. Most accounts date between 1700 and 1711, though some are as late as 1720, with additional brief notes in a different hand dated as late as 1736. Both father and son recorded the names of persons for whom they made shoes, sometimes including the debtors' wives and children. One note in the second volume concerns a charge for a boarder, and the volume also has a 1-page prayer about death.

The account books are accompanied by a fragment of an undated indenture binding "Abraham Jewett" as an apprentice shoemaker in Essex County, Massachusetts.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Ipswich (Mass.)
    • Massachusetts--Commerce.
    • Massachusetts--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
    • Rowley (Mass.)
    • Shoemakers--Massachusetts.
    Genre Terms:
    • Account books.
    • Articles of apprenticeship.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Jewett family account books [series]:
    Box   1  
    Abraham Jewett account book,  1692-1700
     
    Abraham Jewett account book,  1700-1736
     
    Apprenticeship contract,  undated
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    Jewett, Frederic Clarke. History and Genealogy of the Jewetts of America. Volume II. New York: Grafton Press, 1908.