Melatiah Bourne
Records, 1728-1803

Mss: 733
1727-1803
B 775

Historical Note
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Historical Note:

Silvanus Bourne, son of Colonel Melatiah and Desire (Chipman) Bourne, was born in Sandwich, Massachusetts, on September 10, 1694. He was a successful merchant and engaged in commercial business in both Barnstable and Sandwich. In addition, he was a colonel in the militia, member of the Governor's Council, Register of Probate, and Judge of Probate. Silvanus married Mercy Gorham, a member of one of the wealthiest families of Barnstable, on March 20, 1718/19. The couple had ten children: (1) Desire, b. January 19, 1718/19; (2) Mary, b. April 22, 1720; (3) Melatiah, b. November 14, 1722; (4) William, b. February 27, 1723/24; (5) Hannah, b. December 8, 1725; (6) Mercy, b. August 22, 1727; (7) Abigail, b. June 21, 1729; married to Kenelm Winslow; (8) Silvanus, b. November 21, 1731; (9) Eunice, b. February 16, 1732; and (10) Richard, November 1, 1739. Silvanus Bourne died at Barnstable on September 18, 1763.

Melatiah Bourne, son of Silvanus and Mary (Gorham) Bourne, was born in Barnstable, Massachusetts, on November 14, 1722. Family tradition has it that he moved to Boston in his teens to apprentice with a merchant. It is known that he eventually went into partnership with Joseph Freeman, Jr. In addition to his successful business ventures, Melatiah served as Overseer of the Poor in Boston as well as Town Auditor in 1772.

Melatiah married Mary Bayard of Boston prior to January 25, 1753. The couple had four children: (1) Melatiah, b. about 1754; (2) Silvanus, b. about 1756; (3) Sarah [called Sally], b. about 1769; and (4) Mary [called Polly], b. about 1769. Mary (Bayard) Bourne's grandfather, James Bowdoin, Sr., provided in his will for his daughter [also named Mary and married to Balthazar Bayard] a generous monetary inheritance as well as George Tavern and other Boston property. Mary (Bowdoin) Bayard received her inheritance beginning October 1749. After Mrs. Bayard's death, the principal of the original inheritance went to her children. Mrs. Bayard's daughter, Mary, and son-in-law, Melatiah Bourne, continued to accumulate real estate by inheriting or purchasing large tracts of land from other family members.

Melatiah Bourne died at Barnstable on September 9, 1778. However the family resided chiefly in Boston-on Milk Street-during Mr. Bourne's merchant career. Son Melatiah lived in Barnstable after his marriage in 1778, and son Silvanus was U.S. Consul in Amsterdam for many years. At the time of Melatiah's death, his daughters were minors; Bessinger Foster of Boston, merchant, was appointed their guardian. It is unclear where the two daughters resided in adult life, but Mrs. Bourne eventually sold the Milk Street house in 1787.

Silvanus Bourne, son of Melatiah and Mary (Bayard) Bourne, was born about 1756. He married Rebecca Haslett of Baltimore, Maryland, on October 28, 1797. In 1790-1791, Silvanus was consul to Cap Francois. From 1794-1797, he was appointed vice consul of Amsterdam and from 1797-1816, he was consul general in the same city. In 1817, he became agent for seamen at The Hague. He died at his post April 25, 1817.

Nathaniel Holmes, son of Captain Nathaniel and Sarah (Thaxter) Holmes, was born in Boston on December 29, 1703. In early life, he worked as a cabinet maker as did his father. In 1735, Nathaniel purchased a distillery from the heirs of Elizur Holyoke. Located on what is now Salem Street, Boston, Holmes sold 1/3 interest of this business to his nephew Malachi Salter, Jr. and 1/3 interest to his brother George in 1740. In April 1743, Salter sold out his interest to his uncles Nathaniel and George. The distillery business was a lucrative venture for Holmes, and by the 1740s he entered into domestic and foreign trade.

Holmes married (1) Mary Webber, on March 1, 1726; and (2) Rebecca Goodwill on October 1, 1747. He had no issue with his first wife; children by his second wife are: (1) Rebecca, b. January 22, 1749; married to William Fowle on May 25, 1768; (2) Mary, b. September 2, 1750; (3) Nathaniel, b. March 11, 1752; (4) Nathaniel, b. September 20, 1755; and (5) Lydia, b. July 17, 1758. Nathaniel Holmes died in Boston on November 29, 1774.

Holmes's son-in-law, William Fowle, was at one time in partnership with him in a sugar baking business. Working under the name Holmes & Fowle, the partnership dissolved in January 1773 after the death of Nathaniel Holmes. However, Fowle continued to sell sugar and molasses. Fowle, son of Colonel Jacob and Mary (Rowland) Fowle, was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts, in February 1745.

George Holmes, son of Captain Nathaniel and Sarah (Thaxter) Holmes, was born in Boston circa 1706. He married Ann Mulberry on July 7, 1737. The couple had six children: (1) Benjamin, b. April 24, 1738; (2) Ann, b. December 25, 1739; (3) Sarah, b. June 22, 1742; (4) Elizabeth, b. August 22, 1744; (5) Lydia, b. in 1746; and (6) Mary, b. in 1751. Holmes was deacon of the New Brick Church, Boston, as well as selectman in that city from 1750-1752. He went into partnership with his brother, Nathaniel, in the distilling business circa 1740 and eventually purchased owned his own distillery in 1750. His son, Benjamin, managed his distillery along with Andrew Symmes. Additionally, George Holmes also owned a sugar refinery. Holmes died in Boston in the fall of 1752.

Samuel Sturgis, son of Samuel and Mercy (Howe) Sturgis, was born October 28, 1706. Even at this early date, the Sturgis family was one of wealth and prominence as both Samuel, Jr., and his brother, John, graduated from Harvard. Samuel, Jr., John and another brother, Prince Sturgis, jointly invested in a number of business ventures. In addition to his merchant career, Samuel was appointed notary public for the port of Barnstable. He married Lucretia Wendell, daughter of Abraham and Catherine (De Key) Wendell of Boston, on September 17, 1734. From that time, Samuel and his wife lived with her parents in Boston while the General Court was session; the rest of the year they lived in Yarmouth.

By 1741, the couple decided to make Boston their permanent residence. At this time, Sturgis purchased land and a warehouse near the waterfront and began his export business by trading rum, dry goods, marine supplies, and other commodities. Additionally, he was part owner of many vessels. Samuel Sturgis died in Boston on July 8, 1767.

Scope and Content:

Collection consists of accounts, bills, receipts, orders, notes, account of sales, bills of exchange, letters, memoranda, and ships' papers for Boston merchants Melatiah Bourne, Samuel Sturgis, and Nathaniel Holmes. Intertwined both professionally and personally, the three merchants contributed to the growth of domestic trade during the colonial period. Bulk of collection concerns Melatiah Bourne with a small amount of material for his father, Silvanus, and son, also named Silvanus, as well as Timothy Bourne (1703-1780) and William Bourne (1723-1770). Topics represented in Bourne record series are money lending, domestic and foreign trade, whaling, and estate settlement. Documents for Nathaniel Holmes and his family members concern the distillery business, domestic and foreign trade, sugar house, and furniture making. Majority of records in Samuel Sturgis series detail Nantucket whaling.

Series Description

Series I. Bourne Family, 1737-1803Accounts, bills of exchange, paid bills, receipts, orders to pay, letters, prices current, promissory notes, memoranda books and ships' papers for personal and business expenditures. Estates include Benjamin Bourne, Mary Bayard, Guardians to Children of Balthazar Bayard, Ratiable [?], Major Joseph Gorham, Helena (Bayard) Dickey, Joseph and Kenelm Winslow, Silvanus Bourne [b.1694], and Melatiah Bourne. Vessels named include schooners Liberty, Resolution, Warren, Swift, Susannah, Black Snake, Eunice, Four Friends, Nancy, Flying Eagle; sloops Defiance, Peggy, Betsey, Patty, Sally, Hannah, Plymouth, Two Friends, Three Friends, Industry, Unicorn, Sylvia; snow Judith; and brigs Squirrel, Helena, Lady Maria.

Series II. Nathaniel Holmes, 1728-1774 Accounts current, bills, receipts, orders to pay, survey, account of stock, memoranda, estate and ships' papers. Items before 1735 reflect Holmes as "joyner", documents from 1735-1745 detail his distillery business, and records from the mid-1740s celebrate Holmes' increasing success as merchant. Vessels named include brigs Two Sisters, Victory; sloops America, Betty, Biddeford, Defiance, Desire, Fox, Good Intention, Good Understanding, Mermaid, Molly, Plymouth, Thomas; schooners Dolphin, Dove, Elizabeth, Fanny, Katy, Lydia, Mary, Rebecca, Tobago Packet; and snows Four Brothers, Hazard, Freemason, Wheel of Fortune. Others included in this series are nephew Benjamin, brother George, and son-in-law William Fowle.

Series III. Samuel Sturgis, 1738-1785 Ships' papers, receipts, memoranda, bills, accounts, orders to pay, estate papers. Vessels named include sloops Polly [whaling], Certain Polly, Prosperity, Friends Delight [whaling], Abigail [whaling], Endeavor [whaling], Phenix [whaling], Two Elizabeths; schooners Barnstable [whaling], Mehitable, Friendship [whaling]. Also contains papers for brothers John Sturgis and Prince Sturgis.

Container List:

Container                  Contents                                           
Box 1                        Series I. Bourne Family, 1737-1803                 
                        f.1Silvanus Bourne, Accounts, 1739
    f.2Silvanus Bourne, Accounts, 1740
    f.3Silvanus Bourne, Accounts, 1759
    f.4Silvanus Bourne, Accounts, 1760
    f.5Silvanus Bourne, Accounts, 1761
    f.6Silvanus Bourne, Accounts, 1762-1763
    f.7Silvanus Bourne, Accounts, 1764
    f.8Silvanus Bourne, Bills, 1737-1762
    f.9 Silvanus Bourne, Memos, 1752-1762
    f.10 Silvanus Bourne, Orders to Pay, 1758-1760
    f.11 Silvanus Bourne, Promissory Notes, 1745-1761
    f.12 Silvanus Bourne, Receipts, 1739-1761
    f.13 Estate of Silvanus Bourne, 1759-1764
    f.14 Melatiah Bourne, Papers, n.d., 1761, 1773 [family]
    f.15 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts, 1751-1773 [family]
    f.16 Melatiah Bourne, Receipts/Orders to Pay, 1764-1774 [family]
    f.17 Melatiah Bourne, Account of Sales, 1767-1777, n.d.
    f.18 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts, n.d.
    f.19 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts, 1750s
    f.20 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts, 1760-1764
    f.21 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts, 1765-1769
    f.22 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts, 1770-1773
    f.23 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts, 1776-1778
    f.24 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts with Gerrish & Gray, 1767-1769
    f.25 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts with Joseph Gray, 1767-1769
    f.26 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts with Joseph Gray, 1770
    f.27 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts with Joseph Gray, 1771
    f.28 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts with Joseph Gray, 1772-1773
    f.29 Melatiah Bourne, Bills with Joseph Gray, 1768
    f.30 Melatiah Bourne, Promissory Notes, 1763, 1770 (with Joseph Gray)
    f.31 Melatiah Bourne, Receipts/Orders to Pay, Joseph & Mary Gray, 1770-1772
    f.32 Melatiah Bourne, A/C Sales with Joseph Gray, 1768-1773
Box 2
                        f.1 Melatiah Bourne, A/C with Joseph Gray/Gerrish & Gray, n.d.
    f.2 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts Current, 1750-1751
    f.3 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts Current, 1752
    f.4 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts Current, 1753-1754
    f.5 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts Current, 1756-1757
    f.6 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts Current, 1759-1760
    f.7 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts Current, 1761-1765
    f.8 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts Current, 1767-1769
    f.9 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts Current, 1770
    f.10 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts Current, 1771
    f.11 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts Current, 1772
    f.12 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts Current, 1773
    f.13 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts Current, 1774
    f.14 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts Current, 1776
    f.15 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts Current, 1777
    f.16 Melatiah Bourne, Bills, 1774
    f.17 Melatiah Bourne, Bills of Exchange, 1750s
    f.18 Melatiah Bourne, Bills of Exchange, 1760s
    f.19 Melatiah Bourne, Bills of Exchange, 1770s
    f.20 Melatiah Bourne, Due Bills, 1762-1778
    f.21 Melatiah Bourne, Foreign Papers, 1764
    f.22 Melatiah Bourne, Invoices, 1752, n.d.
    f.23Melatiah Bourne, Letters Received, 1750-1764
    f.24 Melatiah Bourne, Letters Sent, 1770, 1776
    f.25 Melatiah Bourne, Memoranda Book, 1753
    f.26 Melatiah Bourne, Memoranda Book, 1775
    f.27 Melatiah Bourne, Memoranda Book, 1777
Box 3
                        f.1 Melatiah Bourne, Memos, 1740s
    f.2 Melatiah Bourne, Memos, 1750s
    f.3 Melatiah Bourne, Memos, 1760s [1 of 2]
    f.4 Melatiah Bourne, Memos, 1760s [2 of 2]
    f.5 Melatiah Bourne, Memos, 1770s
    f.6 Melatiah Bourne, Memos, n.d. [1 of 3]
    f.7 Melatiah Bourne, Memos, n.d. [2 of 3]
    f.8 Melatiah Bourne, Memos, n.d, [3 of 3]
    f.9 Melatiah Bourne, Notes Payable/Receivable, 1749, 1765-1766, 1776
    f.10 Melatiah Bourne, Orders, 1765, 1772, 1778
    f.11 Melatiah Bourne, Orders to Pay, 1752-1754
    f.12 Melatiah Bourne, Order to Pay, 1755-1759
    f.13 Melatiah Bourne, Orders to Pay, 1760-1761
    f.14 Melatiah Bourne, Orders to Pay, 1762
    f.15 Melatiah Bourne, Orders to Pay, 1764-1769
    f.16 Melatiah Bourne, Orders to Pay, 1771-1774
    f.17 Melatiah Bourne, Orders to Pay Capt. Abial Peirce, 1760
    f.18 Melatiah Bourne, Orders to Pay Silvanus Stone, 1774
    f.19 Melatiah Bourne, Paid Bills, 1738-1748
    f.20 Melatiah Bourne, Paid Bills, 1750-1751
    f.21 Melatiah Bourne, Paid Bills, 1752
    f.22 Melatiah Bourne, Paid Bills, 1753-1759
    f.23 Melatiah Bourne, Paid Bills, 1760-1761
    f.24 Melatiah Bourne, Paid Bills, 1763-1765
    f.25 Melatiah Bourne, Paid Bills, 1766-1769
    f.26 Melatiah Bourne, Paid Bills, 1770
    f.27 Melatiah Bourne, Paid Bills, 1771
    f.28 Melatiah Bourne, Paid Bills, 1772
    f.29 Melatiah Bourne, Paid Bills, 1773
Box 4
                        f.1 Melatiah Bourne, Paid Bills, 1774 [1 of 5]
    f.2 Melatiah Bourne, Paid Bills, 1774 [2 of 5]
    f.3 Melatiah Bourne, Paid Bills, 1774 [3 of 5]
    f.4 Melatiah Bourne, Paid Bills, 1774 [4 of 5]
    f.5 Melatiah Bourne, Paid Bills, 1774 [5 of 5]
    f.6 Melatiah Bourne, Paid Bills, 1775
    f.7 Melatiah Bourne, Paid Bills, 1776
    f.8 Melatiah Bourne, Paid Bills, 1777
    f.9 Melatiah Bourne, Prices Current, 1754, 1763
    f.10 Melatiah Bourne, Promissory Notes, 1750s
    f.11 Melatiah Bourne, Promissory Notes, 1760s
    f.12 Melatiah Bourne, Promissory Notes, 1770s
    f.13 Melatiah Bourne, Receipts, 1748-1749
    f.14 Melatiah Bourne, Receipts, 1750s
    f.15 Melatiah Bourne, Receipts, 1760, 1762-1763
    f.16 Melatiah Bourne, Receipts, 1765, 1767-1768
    f.17 Melatiah Bourne, Receipts, 1769
    f.18 Melatiah Bourne, Receipts, 1770-1771
    f.19 Melatiah Bourne, Receipts, 1772-1773
    f.20 Melatiah Bourne, Receipts, 1774 [1 of 2]
    f.21 Melatiah Bourne, Receipts, 1774 [2 of 2]
    f.22 Melatiah Bourne, Receipts, 1775-1777
    f.23 Melatiah Bourne, Salt Works at Oyster Island, 1778
    f.24 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, Captain Abraham Adams, 1754
    f.25 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, Captain Joseph Bennett, 1772-1773
    f.26 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, Captain Samuel Brown, 1764
    f.27 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, Captain Cobb, 1776
    f.28 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, Captain Collis, 1743
    f.29 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, Captain Samuel Gray, 1776
    f.30 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, Captain William Killock, 1763
    f.31 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, Captain Peter Oliver, 1747
    f.32 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, Captain Samuel Perkins, 1772
    f.33 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, Captain Rider, 1766
Box 5
                        f.1 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Betsey, 1773
    f.2 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, schooner Black Snake, 1771
    f.3 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Defiance, Captain Benjamin Curtis, Jr., 1756
    f.4 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, schooner Eunice, Captain Samuel Laha, 1771
    f.5 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, schooner Flying Eagle, Captain Oliver Ariy [sic], 1747
    f.6 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, schooner Friends, Account of Disbursements, 1759
    f.7 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, schooner Four Friends, Bill of Sale, 1752
    f.8 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Hannah, 1774-1776 [1 of 4]
    f.9 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Hannah, 1774-1776 [2 of 4]
    f.10 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Hannah, 1774-1776 [3 of 4]
    f.11 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Hannah, 1774-1776 [4 of 4]
    f.12 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, brig Helena, Captain Thomas Davis, 1749-1757
    f.13 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, vessel Hinkley, memos, 1752
    f.14 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Industry, Captain Nathaniel Stone, 1763-1767 [with Nathaniel Holmes]
    f.15 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Industry, 1760, 1773
    f.16 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Industry [?], Captain Nathaniel Stone, 1774
    f.17 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, snow Judith, 1751
    f.18 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, schooner Liberty, Captain Snow, 1773-1774
    f.19 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers [included with schooner Nancy], 1758-1773 [1 of 2]
    f.20 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers [included with schooner Nancy], 1758-1773 [2 of 2]
    f.21 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, schooner Nancy, accounts, 1773-1776
    f.22 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, schooner Nancy, bills, 1774-1776 [ 1 of 2]
    f.23 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, schooner Nancy, bills, 1774-1776 [2 of 2]
    f.24 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, schooner Nancy, disbursements, 1774-1776
    f.25 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, schooner Nancy, memos, 1774-1776 [ 1 of 2]
    f.26 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, schooner Nancy, memos, 1774-1776 [2 of 2]
Box 6
                        f.1 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Patty, Captain Jeremiah Harris, 1772
    f.2 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Peggy, Captain Samuel Hinkley, 1773
    f.3 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Plymouth, 1748
    f.4 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Plymouth, 1764 [1 of 2]
    f.5 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Plymouth, 1764 [2 of 2]
    f.6 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, schooner Resolution, Captain Edward Jarvis, 1756, 1758 [with Samuel Sturgis]
    f.7 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Sally, accounts, 1764 [ 1 of 2]
    f.8 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Sally, accounts, 1764 [2 of 2]
    f.9 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Sally, bills, 1763
    f.10 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Sally, disbursements, 1763
    f.11 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Sally, invoices, 1763 [1 of 2]
    f.12 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Sally, invoices, 1763 [2 of 2]
    f.13 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Sally, memos, 1763
    f.14 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Sally, portage bills, 1763
    f.15 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Sally, receipts, 1763
    f.16 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Sally, sales, 1763
    f.17 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, brig Squirrel, Captain John McCowan, 1766
    f.18 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, schooner Susannah, Captain Samuel Smith, 1758, 1776 [with Nathaniel Holmes]
    f.19 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, schooner Swift, n.d.
    f.20 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Sylvia, Captain Eben Wales, 1768
Box 7
                        f.1 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, schooner Three Friends, 1775 [1 of 2]
    f.2 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, schooner Three Friends, 2775 [2 of 2]
    f.3 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, snow Two Friends, 1749-1750
    f.4 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, snow Two Friends, 1753-1759
    f.5 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, snow Two Friends, 1766-1773
    f.6 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, sloop Unicorn, Captain Elias Cotting, 1760
    f.7 Melatiah Bourne, Ship's Papers, schooner Warren, Captain Winniett, 1752-1753
    f.8 Melatiah Bourne, Estate of Balthazar Bayard, Mary Bayard, 1750
    f.9 Melatiah Bourne, Mary Bayard, bill, 1750
    f.10 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts, Guardians to Children of Balthazar Bayard, 1754
    f.11 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts, Guardians to Children of Balthazar Bayard, 1755
    f.12 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts, Guardians to Children of Balthazar Bayard, 1756
    f.13 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts, Guardians to Children of Balthazar Bayard, 1757
    f.14 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts, Guardians to Children of Balthazar Bayard, 1758
    f.15 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts, Guardians to Children of Balthazar Bayard, 1760
    f.16 Melatiah Bourne, Accounts, Guardians to Children of Balthazar Bayard, 1763
    f.17 Melatiah Bourne, Bills, Guardians to Children of Balthazar Bayard, 1760-1762
    f.18 Melatiah Bourne, Memos, Guardians to Children of Balthazar Bayard, 1761-1770
    f.19 Melatiah Bourne, Notes, Guardians to Children of Balthazar Bayard, 1754, 1756
    f.20 Melatiah Bourne, Receipts, Guardians to Children of Balthazar Bayard, 1750, 1757
    f.21 Melatiah Bourne, Pierpont vs. Bayard, 1767, 1770
    f.22 Melatiah Bourne, Estate Papers of Benjamin Bourne, 1743
    f.23 Melatiah Bourne, Estate Papers of Benjamin Bourne, 1744
    f.24 Melatiah Bourne, Estate Papers of Benjamin Bourne, 1747
    f.25 Melatiah Bourne, Estate Papers of Benjamin Bourne, April-May 1748
    f.26 Melatiah Bourne, Estate Papers of Benjamin Bourne, June 1748
    f.27 Melatiah Bourne, Estate Papers of Benjamin Bourne, July-December 1748
    f.28 Melatiah Bourne, Estate Papers of Benjamin Bourne, 1749
    f.29 Melatiah Bourne, Estate Papers of Benjamin Bourne, 1750
    f.30 Melatiah Bourne, Estate Papers of Benjamin Bourne, n.d.
Box 8
                        f.1 Melatiah Bourne, Estate of Helena (Bayard) Dickey, 1750, 1773
    f.2 Melatiah Bourne, Papers of Major Joseph Gorham, 1763-1771
    f.3 Melatiah Bourne, Ratiable [sic] Estate, 1761-1765
    f.4 Melatiah Bourne, Estates of Joseph & Kenelm Winslow, 1749, 1757, 1769
    f.5 Melatiah Bourne, Estates of Joseph & Kenelm Winslow, accounts current, 1770
    f.6 Melatiah Bourne, Estates of Joseph & Kenelm Winslow, memos, n.d.
    f.7 Melatiah Bourne, Estates of Joseph & Kenelm Winslow, notes, 1760-1773
    f.8 Melatiah Bourne, Estates of Joseph & Kenelm Winslow, receipts, 1769
    f.9 Melatiah Bourne, Estate, Bills relating to children, 1752-1774
    f.10 Melatiah Bourne, Estate, Bills, 1778
    f.11 Melatiah Bourne, Estate, Bills, 1779
    f.12 Melatiah Bourne, Estate, Bills, 1780
    f.13 Melatiah Bourne, Estate, Bills, 1781
    f.14 Melatiah Bourne, Estate, Bills, 1782
    f.15 Melatiah Bourne, Estate, Bills, 1783
    f.16 Melatiah Bourne, Estate, Bills, 1785
    f.17 Melatiah Bourne, Estate, Papers, n.d,, 1786
    f.18 Melatiah Bourne, Estate, Receipts, 1778-1782
    f.19 Timothy Bourne, 1748-1749
    f.20 William Bourne, 1767-1770
    f.21 Silvanus Bourne, Account of Sale, brig Lady Maria, 1785
    f.22 Silvanus Bourne, Accounts, 1784
    f.23 Silvanus Bourne, Accounts, 1785
    f.24 Silvanus Bourne, Accounts, 1786
    f.25 Silvanus Bourne, Accounts, 1787
    f.26 Silvanus Bourne, Accounts, 1790
    f.27 Silvanus Bourne, Accounts, 1801
Box 9
                        f.1 Silvanus Bourne, Bills, 1783 [1 of 2]
    f.2 Silvanus Bourne, Bills, 1783 [ 2 of 2]
    f.3 Silvanus Bourne, Bills, 1784
    f.4 Silvanus Bourne, Bills, 1785
    f.5 Silvanus Bourne, Bills, 1786
    f.6 Silvanus Bourne, Bills, 1787
    f.7 Silvanus Bourne, Bills, 1788
    f.8 Silvanus Bourne, Bills, 1790
    f.9 Silvanus Bourne, Bills, 1791, n.d.
    f.10 Silvanus Bourne, Memoranda book, 1785
    f.11 Silvanus Bourne, Memoranda book, 1787
    f.12 Silvanus Bourne, Orders, 1786
    f.13 Silvanus Bourne, Orders to pay, 1785-1787
    f.14 Silvanus Bourne, Paid bills, 1780s
    f.15 Silvanus Bourne, Paid bills, 1790s, n.d.
    f.16 Silvanus Bourne, Prices current, 1786
    f.17 Silvanus Bourne, Promissory note, 1785
    f.18 Silvanus Bourne, Receipts, 1782-1791
    f.19 Silvanus Bourne, Sales, 1788-1789
    f.20 Silvanus Bourne, Ship's papers, sloop Dolphin, 1785
    f.21 Silvanus Bourne, Stock in hand, 1803
Box 10                        Series II. Nathaniel Holmes, 1728-1774                 
                        f.1 Accounts Current, 1728
    f.2 Accounts Current, 1731
    f.3 Accounts Current, 1732
    f.4 Accounts Current, 1733
    f.5 Accounts Current, 1734
    f.6 Accounts Current, 1735
    f.7 Accounts Current, 1736
    f.8 Accounts Current, 1737 (1 of 2)
    f.9 Accounts Current, 1737 (2 of 2)
    f.10 Accounts Current, 1738 (1 of 2)
    f.11 Accounts Current, 1738 (2 of 2)
    f.12 Accounts Current, 1739
    f.13 Accounts Current, 1742
    f.14 Accounts Current, 1744
    f.15 Accounts Current, 1748
    f.16 Accounts Current, 1749
    f.17 Accounts Current, 1750 (1 of 4)
    f.18 Accounts Current, 1750 (2 of 4)
    f.19 Accounts Current, 1750 (3 of 4)
    f.20 Accounts Current, 1750 (4 of 4)
    f.21Accounts Current, 1751
    f.22 Accounts Current, 1752
    f.23 Accounts Current, 1753
    f.24 Accounts Current, 1755
    f.25 Accounts Current, 1756
    f.26 Accounts Current, 1757
    f.27 Accounts Current, 1754 (1 of 4)
    f.28 Accounts Current, 1754 (2 of 4)
    f.29 Accounts Current, 1754 (3 of 4)
    f.30 Accounts Current, 1754 (4 of 4)
Box 11
                        f.1 Accounts Current, 1758 (1 of 6)
    f.2 Accounts Current, 1758 (2 of 6)
    f.3 Accounts Current, 1758 (3 of 6)
    f.4 Accounts Current, 1758 (4 of 6)
    f.5 Accounts Current, 1758 (5 of 6)
    f.6 Accounts Current, 1758 (6 of 6)
    f.7 Accounts Current, 1759
    f.8 Accounts Current, 1761 (1 of 7)
    f.9 Accounts Current, 1761 (2 of 7)
    f.10 Accounts Current, 1761 (3 of 7)
    f.11 Accounts Current, 1761 (4 of 7)
    f.12 Accounts Current, 1761 (5 of 7)
    f.13 Accounts Current, 1761 (6 of 7)
    f.14 Accounts Current, 1761 (7 of 7)
    f.15 Accounts Current, 1762
    f.16 Accounts Current, 1763 (1 of 7)
    f.17 Accounts Current, 1763 (2 of 7)
    f.18 Accounts Current, 1763 (3 of 7)
    f.19 Accounts Current, 1763 (4 of 7)
    f.20 Accounts Current, 1763 (5 of 7)
Box 12
                        f.1 Accounts Current, 1763 (6 of 7)
    f.2 Accounts Current, 1763 (7 of 7)
    f.3 Accounts Current, 1764
    f.4 Accounts Current, 1765
    f.5 Accounts Current, 1766
    f.6 Accounts Current, 1767 (1 of 5)
    f.7 Accounts Current, 1767 (2 of 5)
    f.8 Accounts Current, 1767 (3 of 5)
    f.9 Accounts Current, 1767 (4 of 5)
    f.10 Accounts Current, 1767 (5 of 5)
    f.11 Accounts Current, 1768 (1 of 3)
    f.12 Accounts Current, 1768 (2 of 3)
    f.13 Accounts Current, 1768 (3 of 3)
    f.14 Accounts Current, 1769
    f.15 Accounts Current, 1770
    f.16 Accounts Current, 1771 (1 of 2)
    f.17 Accounts Current, 1771 (2 of 2)
    f.18 Account of Stock, 1772
    f.19 Agreement, 1767
Box 13
                        f.1 Bills, 1728-1729
    f.2 Bills, 1730-1733
    f.3 Bills, 1734
    f.4 Bills, 1735
    f.5 Bills, 1736
    f.6 Bills, 1737 (1 of 2)
    f.7 Bills, 1737 (2 of 2)
    f.8 Bills, 1738
    f.9 Bills, 1739
    f.10 Bills, 1742
    f.11 Bills, 1743
    f.12 Bills, 1743-1744
    f.13 Bills, 1745-1746 (1 of 2)
    f.14 Bills, 1745-1746 (2 of 2)
    f.15 Bills, 1747-1748
    f.16 Bills, 1750
    f.17 Bills, 1752
    f.18 Bills, 1753
    f.19 Bills, 1754
    f.20 Bills, 1755
    f.21 Bills, 1756
    f.22 Bills, 1757
    f.23 Bills, 1759
    f.24 Bills, 1761 (1 of 3)
    f.25 Bills, 1761 (2 of 3)
    f.26 Bills, 1761 (3 of 3)
    f.27 Bills, 1762
    f.28 Bills, 1763
    f.29 Bills, 1764
    f.30 Bills, 1765
    f.31 Bills, 1766
    f.32 Bills, 1767
    f.33 Bills, 1768 (1 of 2)
    f.34 Bills, 1768 (2 of 2)
    f.35 Bills, 1769
    f.36 Bills, 1770
    f.37 Bills, 1771
    f.38 Bills, 1772-1775
    f.39 Bills of exchange, 1771-1772
Box 14
                        f.1 Letters, 1750, 1754-1755, 1766
    f.2 Memos, 1737, 1747, 1750, 1773, n.d.
    f.3 Orders, 1754, 1758, 1771
    f.4 Orders to Pay, 1737, 1756-1757
    f.5 Promissory note, 1744-1766
    f.6 Receipts, 1737
    f.7 Receipts, 1746-1747
    f.8 Receipts, 1765-1767
    f.9 Receipts, 1771
    f.10 Sales/Account of Sales, 1747
    f.11 Ship's papers, Captain Edward Emerson, 1739-1771 [includes estate papers]
    f.12 Ship's papers, Captain Edward Emerson, bills, 1764-1767
    f.13 Ship's papers, Captain Thomas West, 1760-1761
    f.14 Ship's papers, Captain Thomas West, 1760-1761
    f.15 Ship's papers, sloop America, 1767, 1768
    f.16 Ship's papers, sloop Betty, 1746
    f.17 Ship's papers, sloop Betty, 1747, 1759
    f.18 Ship's papers, sloop Betty, n.d., 1755
    f.19 Ship's papers, sloop Betty, 1765
    f.20 Ship's papers, sloop Betty, n.d.
    f.21 Ship's papers, sloop Betty, accounts, 1744-1746
    f.22 Ship's papers, sloop Betty, accounts current, 1746
    f.23 Ship's papers, sloop Betty, account of sales, 1745
    f.24 Ship's papers, sloop Betty, bills, 1744-1745
    f.25 Ship's papers, sloop Betty, bills, 1746
    f.26 Ship's papers, sloop Betty, disbursements bills, 1744-1745
    f.27 Ship's papers, sloop Betty, invoices, 1745
    f.28 Ship's papers, sloop Betty, invoices, 1746
    f.29 Ship's papers, sloop Betty, orders to pay, n.d., 1746
    f.30 Ship's papers, sloop Betty, portage bills, 1744-1745
    f.31 Ship's papers, sloop Betty, receipts, 1745
    f.32 Ship's papers, sloop Betty, receipts, 1746
Box 15
                        f.1 Ship's papers, sloop Biddeford, voyage to Virginia, 1765-1766
    f.2 Ship's papers, sloop Biddeford, voyage to Newfoundland, accounts, 1766-1767
    f.3 Ship's papers, sloop Biddeford, voyage to Philadelphia, 1768
    f.4 Ship's papers, sloop Biddeford, bills, 1763-1764
    f.5 Ship's papers, sloop Biddeford, bills, 1766 (1 of 2)
    f.6 Ship's papers, sloop Biddeford, bills, 1766 (2 of 2)
    f.7 Ship's papers, sloop Biddeford, disbursements, 1764
    f.8 Ship's papers, sloop Biddeford, disbursements, 1765-1766
    f.9 Ship's papers, sloop Biddeford, portage bills, 1766
    f.10 Ship's papers, sloop Biddeford, receipts, 1764-1765
    f.11 Ship's papers, sloop Biddeford, receipts, n.d., 1766
    f.12 Ship's papers, sloop Biddeford, sales, 1766
    f.13 Ship's papers, sloop Defiance, Captain Otis, 1753
    f.14 Ship's papers, sloop Desire, 1754
    f.15 Ship's papers, schooner Dolphin, accounts, 1753-1755
    f.16 Ship's papers, schooner Dolphin, accounts, 1764-1765
    f.17 Ship's papers, schooner Dolphin, disbursements, 1764-1765
    f.18 Ship's papers, schooner Dolphin, receipts, 1765
    f.19 Ship's papers, schooner Dove, 1760-1762 (1 of 2)
    f.20 Ship's papers, schooner Dove, 1760-1762 (2 of 2)
    f.21 Ship's papers, schooner Dove, voyage to Virginia, 1759
    f.22 Ship's papers, schooner Dove, voyage to Virginia, 1759
    f.23 Ship's papers, schooner Dove, voyage to Virginia, 1759
    f.24 Ship's papers, schooner Dove, voyage to Virginia, 1759
    f.25 Ship's papers, schooner Dove, voyage to Monte Cristo, 1760
    f.26 Ship's papers, schooner Dove, voyage to Quebec, 1760
    f.27 Ship's papers, schooner Dove, voyage to North Carolina, 1764
    f.28 Ship's papers, schooner Dove, voyage to Philadelphia, 1765
    f.29 Ship's papers, schooner Dove, memos, n.d.
    f.30 Ship's papers, schooner Dove, orders to pay, 1759
    f.31 Ship's papers, sloop Dove, 1739, 1748
Box 16
                        f.1 Ship's papers, schooner Elizabeth, 1754, 1757
    f.2 Ship's papers, schooner Elizabeth, 1758
    f.3 Ship's papers, schooner Elizabeth, bills, 1755-1758
    f.4 Ship's papers, schooner Elizabeth, voyage to Quebec, 1763
    f.5 Ship's papers, schooner Fanny, n.d.
    f.6 Ship's papers, snow Four Brothers, voyage to London, 1750
    f.7 Ship's papers, snow Four Brothers, voyage to London, 1753
    f.8 Ship's papers, snow Four Brothers, 1757
    f.9 Ship's papers, sloop Fox, 1762
    f.10 Ship's papers, sloop Fox, accounts, 1762
    f.11 Ship's papers, sloop Fox, account of sales, 1762
    f.12 Ship's papers, sloop Fox, disbursements, 1762
    f.13 Ship's papers, sloop Fox, disbursements, voyage to South Carolina, April 1762
    f.14 Ship's papers, sloop Fox, disbursements, voyage to Philadelphia, 1762
    f.15 Ship's papers, sloop Fox, disbursements, voyage to Boson, 1762-1763
    f.16 Ship's papers, sloop Fox, portage bills, 1762
    f.17 Ship's papers, sloop Fox, receipts for wages, 1762
    f.18 Ship's papers, sloop Good Intention, 1753
    f.19 Ship's papers, sloop Good Understanding, 1754 (1 of 2)
    f.20 Ship's papers, sloop Good Understanding, 1754 (2 of 2)
    f.21 Ship's papers, snow Hazard, 1750
    f.22 Ship's papers, schooner Katy, 1757
    f.23 Ship's papers, schooner Lydia, bills, 1755-1758
    f.24 Ship's papers, schooner Lydia, voyage to Louisburg, 1759-1760
    f.25 Ship's papers, schooner Lydia, voyage to Louisburg, 1759
    f.26 Ship's papers, schooner Lydia, voyage to Louisburg, 1759
    f.27 Ship's papers, schooner Lydia, voyage to Halifax, 1759
    f.28 Ship's papers, schooner Lydia, voyage to Philadelphia, 1760
    f.29 Ship's papers, schooner Lydia, voyage to North Carolina, 1760
    f.30 Ship's papers, schooner Lydia, voyage to Quebec, 1760
    f.31 Ship's papers, schooner Mary, 1753
    f.32 Ship's papers, sloop Mermaid/ snow Freemason, n.d.
    f.33 Ship's papers, snow Mermaid, voyage to Philadelphia, 1749
    f.34 Ship's papers, sloop Molly, n.d., 1745, 1773
    f.35 Ship's papers, sloop Molly, voyage to Philadelphia, 1746-1747
    f.36 Ship's papers, sloop Molly, voyage to Barbados, 1746
    f.37 Ship's papers, sloop Molly, voyage to Jamaica, 1747
    f.38 Ship's papers, sloop Molly, voyage to Maryland, 1754
    f.39 Ship's papers, sloop Molly, voyage to Monte Cristo, 1761
    f.40 Ship's papers, sloop Molly, voyage to West Indies, 1775
    f.41 Ship's papers, schooner Rebecca, 1753-1755
    f.42 Ship's papers, schooner Rebecca, 1758
    f.43 Ship's papers, sloop Thomas, 1754, 1757-1758, 1763
    f.44 Ship's papers, schooner Tobago Packet, 1768
Box 17
                        f.1 Ship's papers, brig Two Sisters, bills, 1760-1761
    f.2 Ship's papers, brig Two Sisters, 1761
    f.3 Ship's papers, brig Two Sisters, 1761
    f.4 Ship's papers, ...Union, invoice, 1739
    f.5 Ship's papers, brig Victory, 1744
    f.6 Ship's papers, snow Wheel of Fortune/sloop Plymouth, bills, 1763-1766 (1 of 2)
    f.7 Ship's papers, snow Wheel of Fortune/sloop Plymouth, bills, 1763-1766 (2of 2)
    f.8 Ship's papers, snow Wheel of Fortune/sloop Plymouth, 1763-1766
    f.9 Ship's papers, snow Wheel of Fortune/sloop Plymouth, receipts, 1764-1765 (1 of 2)
    f.10 Ship's papers, snow Wheel of Fortune/sloop Plymouth, receipts, 1764-1765 (2 of 2)
    f.11 Ship's papers, snow Wheel of Fortune/sloop Plymouth, accounts, 1764-1766
    f.12 Ship's papers, snow Wheel of Fortune/sloop Plymouth, bills, 1764 (1 of 2)
    f.13 Ship's papers, snow Wheel of Fortune/sloop Plymouth, 1764
    f.14 Ship's papers, snow Wheel of Fortune/sloop Plymouth, 1764-1766
    f.15 Ship's papers, snow Wheel of Fortune/sloop Plymouth, disbursements, 1764
    f.16 Survey, 1747
    f.17 w/ George and Benjamin Holmes, bills,, 1742-1746
    f.18 w/ George and Benjamin Holmes, rum accounts, 1758-1759
    f.19 w/ Benjamin Holmes, orders/accounts, 1759
    f.20 w/ William Fowle, accounts, 1771-1772, n.d.
    f.21 w/ William Fowle, bills, 1766
    f.22 w/ William Fowle, bills, 1771 (1 of 2)
    f.23 w/ William Fowle, bills, 1771 (2 of 2)
    f.24 w/ William Fowle, bills, 1772
    f.25 w/ William Fowle, invoices, n.d., 1771
    f.26 w/ William Fowle, list of names, n.d.
    f.27 w/ William Fowle, notes, 1771-1772
    f.28 w/ William Fowle, orders to pay, 1771
    f.29 w/ William Fowle, orders to pay, 1772
    f.30 w/ William Fowle, orders to pay, 1774
    f.31 w/ William Fowle, receipts, 1770-1771
    f.32 w/ William Fowle, receipts, 1772
    f.33 Estate papers, 1750-1774 (1 of 2)
    f.34 Estate papers, 1750-1774 (2 of 2)
Box 18                        Series III. Samuel Sturgis, 1738-1785                 
                        f.1 Accounts, 1738-1739
    f.2 Accounts, January 1740
    f.3 Accounts, February 1740
    f.4 Accounts, March 1740
    f.5 Accounts, April 1740
    f.6 Accounts, May 1740
    f.7 Accounts, June 1740
    f.8 Accounts, July 1740
    f.9 Accounts, August 1740
    f.10 Accounts, September 1740
    f.11 Accounts, October 1740
    f.12 Accounts, November 1740
    f.13 Accounts, December 1740
    f.14 Accounts, 1741
    f.15 Accounts, 1743-1744, 1748
    f.16 Accounts, 1756
    f.17 Accounts, 1757
    f.18 Accounts, 1759
    f.19 Accounts, 1760-1764
    f.20 Accounts, 1765, 1767
    f.21 Bills, 1740, 1746
    f.22 Bills, 1756, 1759
    f.23Bills, 1760-1766
    f.24 Financial papers, 1764-1767
    f.25 Memos, 1755-1774
    f.26 Memos, 1770, 1772
    f.27 Notes payable, 1767-1772
    f.28 Orders to Pay, 1765
    f.29 Receipts, 1763
    f.30 Receipts, January-May 1764
    f.31 Receipts, June-August 1764
    f.32 Receipts, October-November 1764
    f.33 Receipts, December 1764
    f.34 Receipts, 1765
    f.35 Receipts, 1766
Box 19
                        f.1 Ship's papers, sloop Abigail, 1765 [whaling] (1 of 2)
    f.2 Ship's papers, sloop Abigail, 1765 [whaling] (2 of 2)
    f.3 Ship's papers, sloop Abigail, bills, 1765 (1 of 2)
    f.4 Ship's papers, sloop Abigail, bills, 1765 (2 of 2)
    f.5 Ship's papers, schooner Barnstable, 1755-1756 [whaling]
    f.6 Ship's papers, sloop Certain Polly, 1763
    f.7 Ship's papers, sloop Endeavor, 1740 [whaling]
    f.8 Ship's papers, sloop Endeavor, 1757
    f.9 Ship's papers, sloop Endeavor, 1759 (1 of 2)
    f.10 Ship's papers, sloop Endeavor, 1759 (2 of 2)
    f.11 Ship's papers, sloop Endeavor, 1760
    f.12 Ship's papers, sloop Friends Delight, 1740 [whaling]
    f.13 Ship's papers, schooner Friendship, 1740 [whaling]
    f.14 Ship's papers brig Leaue----, 1754
    f.15 Ship's papers, schooner Mehitable, 1759
    f.16 Ship's papers, sloop Phenix, 1740 [whaling]
    f.17contents Ship's papers, sloop Polly, 1764 [whaling]
    f.18 Ship's papers, sloop Polly, 1769
    f.19 Ship's papers, sloop Polly, 1785
    f.20 Ship's papers, sloop Prosperity, 1762
    f.21 Ship's papers, sloop Two Elizabeths, 1756
Box 20
                        f.1 Estate of Samuel Sturgis, Accounts, 1739
    f.2 Estate of Samuel Sturgis, Accounts, 1740-1741
    f.3 Estate of Samuel Sturgis, Accounts, 1751-1754
    f.4 Estate of Samuel Sturgis, Accounts, 1756-1759
    f.5 Estate of Samuel Sturgis, Accounts, 1760
    f.6 Estate of Samuel Sturgis, Accounts, 1761-1762
    f.7 Estate of Samuel Sturgis, Accounts, 1763
    f.8 Estate of Samuel Sturgis, Accounts, 1764-1765
    f.9 Estate of Samuel Sturgis, Accounts, 1766
    f.10 Estate of Samuel Sturgis, Accounts, 1767
    f.11 Estate of Samuel Sturgis, Accounts, 1768
    f.12 Estate of Samuel Sturgis, Accounts, 1769
    f.13 Estate of Samuel Sturgis, Accounts, 1772
    f.14 Estate of Samuel Sturgis, Accounts, 1773
    f.15 Estate of Samuel Sturgis, Accounts, 1774
    f.16 Estate of Samuel Sturgis, Receipts, 1767-1768
    f.17 Estate of Samuel Sturgis, 1741-1771
    f.18 John Sturgis, Financial Papers, 1752-1766
    f.19 Prince Sturgis, Financial Papers, 1740, 1766

Provenance: Gift of Harvard College Library, 1932.

Amount: 20 boxes

See Also: Bourne Family Manuscripts, Houghton Library [HOLLIS #ACZ7123].