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Record No: mha00000248
Title: Leavitt (Lovett, Lovitt) family fonds
Dates: Microfilmed 1978 (originally created 1783-1874)
Location: Mic.5-3-5-2 MHA
Provenance: Leavitt (Family, Saint John, N.B.)
Extent: 1 reel of microfilm
Source of Supplied Title: Title is based on the creator of the fonds
Restrictions: No restrictions.
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: The Leavitt family were merchants, shipowners and shipmasters, resident in Saint John, New Brunswick. Jonathan Leavitt (1746-1811) came to Saint John from New Hampshire in 1762 and was one of the first English-speaking inhabitants. He served as captain and pilot on vessels belonging to the firm of Simonds, Hazen and White prior to the American Revolution. Jonathan married Heprabeth Peabody and they had eight sons and two daughters. Jonathan's brothers Daniel and Francis joined him in Saint John where they were involved in the coastal trading as partners of Francis Peabody until 1810. Jonathan prospered as a shipowner and mariner and upon his death left a considerable estate.
     Jonathan Leavitt's son, Thomas (ca. 1795-1850) continued the family business. He inherited a half-interest in the family home, ownership of four choice lots in Saint John, as well as a seventh part of a large landholding on the Miramichi River. In 1817, Thomas was admitted as a merchant freeman in the city of Saint John and from that time played an active role in the business life of New Brunswick. In 1822, he married Mary Ann Ketchum and they had four sons and three daughters.
     In the 1830s and 1840s, Thomas acted as agent for the Liverpool Association of Underwriters along with a number of New York marine insurance companies. In 1835, he was appointed the US consul for Saint John. He was a founder of the City Bank (1837) and later, president of the Bank of New Brunswick. Thomas Leavitt died 24 October 1850.
Scope and Content: Fonds consists of microfilmed ships' accounts, insurance policies and papers for the following vessels: Sally, 1796-1801; Dove, 1797-99; Snow Mary, 1803-04; Mary, 1803-04; Susanna, 1805; Cattle, 1810; Paraquay, 1849-; General Higgins, 1851-52; Hibernia, 1789-91; Belmont, 1858; Lampedo, 1856-58; and Rosannah, 1785.
     The fonds also includes Leavitt family letters (mostly to Daniel, George and Joseph), 1802-66; indentures and bonds, 1798-1874; bills, receipts and promissory notes, 1700-1856; Daniel Leavitt account book, 1798; account book, 1796-97; and Saint John City Poor House account book, 1810-13.
Reproduction Note: Filmed by MicRo Ltd. for the New Brunswick Museum, 1978.
Terms Governing Use: Copyright held by the New Brunswick Museum.
Finding Aids: Finding aid is available. Item level control
Finding Aid on the Web:http://www.mun.ca/mha/holdings/findingaids/maritime.php#Leavitt
Subject: Shipping New Brunswick.
Subject: Merchants New Brunswick.
Subject: Insurance, marine.
Subject: Saint John (New Brunswick).
Subject: Accounts.
Authors_Personal Name: Leavitt, Daniel, Captain.


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