Sunday, July 29, 2018

Account of Sugar Refined in 1815 in the Sugarhouse of Benjamin West on Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts

Handwritten account of all the Sugar, which is liable to pay excise, refined in the Sugarhouse in Cambridge Street in Boston, Massachusetts, improved by Benjamin West in the quarter ending December 31, 1815.

The document measures a bit more than 12" long so was too big for my scanner.  The image below was taken with a phone camera and captures the length but not the color.

The reverse of the document has some text right side up and some upside down.

The reverse scanned in two images:

Benjamin West was born February 26, 1776 at Needham, Massachusetts, son of Rev. Samuel West and Priscilla (Plimpton) West. On April 21, 1811 at Boston, Massachusetts, Benjamin married his first cousin Charity West, daughter of Deacon Timothy West and Lois (Dexter) West.  They raised their family at Boston and later moved to Charlestown, New Hampshire. After Benjamin's death in 1829, Charity married George Olcott.

An enlargement of Benjamin West's signature, executed on January 1, 1816.

Benjamin, Charity and George are all buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery at Charlestown, New Hampshire with other members of the West family.

An archive of the papers of the West family, mostly concerning Benjamin West's sugarhouse at Boston, is held in the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

If you have information on the West family of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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