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Call No.: Mss:641 1673-1693 A214
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Jacob Adams account book
Quantity: 1 linear feet (1 volumes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Account book of Jacob Adams, a shoemaker in Newbury, Massachusetts, and Suffield, Connecticut, 1673-1693.
Jacob Adams, son of Robert Adams and youngest of nine children, was born on April 13, 1654 in Newbury, Massachusetts. He attended the free school in Newbury. He later served as apprentice to the shoemaker, Robert Bartlett. After becoming a master shoemaker, Adams set himself up as a custom shoemaker in his own farm house in 1673 at the age of nineteen. He married Anna Allen of Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 1677, and they subsequently had seven children. In 1682, at the death of his father, he inherited his father's house as well as the land adjoining. Jacob Adams moved to Suffield, Connecticut, in 1686 with other relatives and townspeople of Newbury. He continued his shoemaking business and by 1693 had became one of the most prominent and influential settlers of Suffield. In the years 1711, 1714 and 1717, Adams was sent to the General Court of the colony of Boston as Suffield's representative. He died suddenly in Boston in November 1717 at the age of sixty-three.
Collection consists of a homemade account book with entries dating from 1673 to 1693. The account book was covered in rawhide and hand sewn with linen thread. It describes business transactions in shoemaking and farming, as well as family and household accounts. The accounts originally show Adams as a custom shoemaker, but in later years there is evidence that he made shoes for another master shoemaker or for a wholesaler.Supplemental materials concerning Jacob Adams and his account book are available for use in the Baker Library Historical Collections reading room. The materials include a typewritten transcription of the account book and a fourteen-page biographical essay provided by the donor.