James Emery, son of Thomas and Susanna (Hill) Emery, was born in Biddeford, Maine on November 22, 1738. As a farmer, Emery toiled in a variety of tasks in order to support his family. He sold wheat, cloth, veal, gunpowder, beans, rum, molasses, corn, and coffee. In addition, he hauled boards, hewed wood, framed buildings, mowed saltgrass and worked in a shipyard.
James Emery married twice. He and his first wife, Mary Scammons, wed in 1763. They had eleven children. Emery and his second wife, Sarah Jenkins, did not have any children.
Scope and Content:
Collection consists of one volume and one box of documents. Volume contains accounts of James Emery, 1763-1802, and entries include date of transaction, type of goods or services provided and cost. Included are accounts for Benjamin Joy, Daniel Cumings, Philip Goldthrite, Andrew Bradstreet, Nicholas Smith, James Staples, Jonathan Emery, Samuel Hill, Elisha Allen, John Staples, Joshua Hill, Samuel Davis, Joshua Emery, William Moody, Robert Cole, Christopher Gilpatrick, Timothy Cole, Benjamin Mason, Henry Pendexter, Thomas Emery, Jonathan Smith, Samuel Scammons, Frank Tucker, Humphrey Pick, Ebenezer Ridlen, Jeremiah Hill, Jeremiah Littlefield, Edward Procter, Joseph Morril, Ezra Cole and Aaron Porter. Also included in the volume is a copy of a charter party, ship Mayflower, Captain Seth Mitchel, October 1, 1770.
Documents removed from the volume include receipts, navigational guide, and information on Emery ancestry. Also, included is an order and decision of the selectmen of Biddeford, regarding payment of debt.
Provenance : Gift of Richard W. Emery, 1949.
Amount: 1 volume, 1 box