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Record No: mha00000240
Title: William and Benjamin Knight fonds
Dates: Microfilmed 1988 (originally created 1767-1833)
Location: Mic.1-5-1-9 MHA
Provenance: Knight, William, 1722-1799
Extent: 1 microfilm reel
Source of Supplied Title: Title is based on the contents of the fonds
Restrictions: No restrictions.
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: William Knight (1722-1799) and his son Benjamin Knight (1767-1843) were shoremen from Marblehead, Massachusetts, who were involved in the deep sea cod fishery. In addition to owning several schooners, the family outfitted voyages from their waterfront chandlery, retailed provisions and dry goods to fishing families, and kept a flakeyard in Marblehead where they employed retired mariners to dry the cod from their vessels. William conducted the business until his death in 1799, when it passed to his son Benjamin, who operated it through to 1833.
   Source: Taken from the finding aid, written by Daniel Vickers.
Scope and Content: Fonds consists of microfilmed copies of three volumes of account books containing the Knight dealings with the hundreds of fishermen they hired, the export merchants to whom they sold their cod, and the dozens of maritime artisans and labourers who maintained their fleet of schooners. The account books cover the years 1767-81 and 1788-1833
Reproduction Note: Microfilmed from the original volumes held at the Essex Institute.
Terms Governing Use: Copyright held by the Essex Institute. Permission to use the material in any publication must by obtained in writing from the Curator of Manuscripts at the Essex Institut
Associated Material: MHA Primary Sources in the History of the North Atlantic Cod Fishery.
Custodial History: Primary sources of the North Atlantic Cod Fishery: a cooperative microfilming project of the Maritime History Archive and the Essex Institute.
Finding Aids: MHA finding aid 20
Finding Aid on the Web:http://www.mun.ca/mha/holdings/findingaids/newengland.php#William%20and%20Benjamin%20Knight
Subject: Merchants Massachusetts Marblehead.
Subject: Cod fisheries Massachusetts.
Subject: Business records.
Authors_Personal Name: Knight, Benjamin, 1767-1843.
Authors_Corporate Name: Essex Institute.


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