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iconnumber posted 05-30-2006 08:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is an interesting letter I just came across. Postmarked 29 July 1848 in Manchester NH, it is addressed to the silver firm of Bigelow & Brothers, Boston MA and reads:

Manchester July 24th 1848

Gentlemen --- I write to inform you that Sargent & Sweat of Manchester have failed, & the stock in their store is now under attachment for all it will bare [sic]

In conversation with Mr Sargent he told me he owed you about $400. --- Also he said his partner went up Country [missing text] weeks since with goods to sell & since he left no word has been received from him --- he went to Hanover NH. He had $3000. worth of goods with him & if you could find his whereabouts there would be a fair probability of receiving your demand. They are to appearance slippery fellows & what you do ought to be done soon. My impression is that you cannot secure one cent in Manchester.

Respectfully Yours
Josiah M Barnes
J. & S. Barnes

P S Sargent has just been carried to Jaile [sic] for not paying his Taxes. I have just learned from a man that he saw him Sweat one week since in Norwich Ct ---


I am waiting on information from the Manchester Historical Society on the dubious duet and their dark business; they remain enigmas for now. I also have not determined what Josiah Mixer Barnes' relationship with the Bigelow's was, though I did discover that he was a cousin -- all roads lead to Rome -- of the various Fletcher silversmiths of Philadelphia.

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iconnumber posted 06-02-2006 03:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Manchester Historical Society was kind enough to search their collection of city directories, though with slim results. Josiah Barnes is listed just one year, 1848, but with no occupation given. There are numerous Sargent's listed in the 1840s and a few Swett/Sweat's, but no partnerships involving both. Back to the drawing board.

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iconnumber posted 09-29-2008 12:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Josiah M Barnes: 1843 charter Member of the Hillsborough Odd Fellows Lodge; 1848-9 member of the Manchester Common Council; 1850 U S Federal Census, Merchant.

Odd Fellows records indicate Josiah passed away in 1855 which is somewhat confirmed by his absence from his family in the 1860 U S Federal Census for Manchester, New Hampshire.

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