Jesse Hurd Papers

Manuscripts Collection 66

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Hurd, Jesse, ca. 1760-1831
Title: Jesse Hurd Papers
Dates: 1780-1843
Extent: ca. 867 items
Abstract: The collection consists of accounts, bills, receipts, bills of lading, promissory notes and correspondence contained in 20 file folders. There are also 14 volumes including account books, ledgers, and other various record books, detailing the business activities of Jesse, Jacob, Cyrus, and Charles Hurd. This material contains information on crews wages, cargoes, lumber, store accounts, shipyard business, personal accounts, ropewalk accounts, and shipbuilding activity.
Identification: Coll. 66

Biography of Jesse Hurd

Jesse Hurd (1760-1831) was a shipbuilder, merchant, distiller, state legislator, and shipowner from Chatham, Connecticut, which was renamed East Hampton in 1915, during the early years of the 19th century. He was the son of Jacob Hurd Jr. (d. 1811), and married Drusilla Dart in 1788. Their children were Laura, Jesse, Charles, Drusilla, Cyrus, Nelson, Lavina, and Henry.

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Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division

Restrictions on Use

 Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Manuscripts Division.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the G. W. Blunt White Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.


Child, Gardner
Child, Thomas
Hurd, Charles
Hurd, Cyrus
Hurd, Jacob,–d. 1811


Chatham (Conn.) Connecticut–Politics and government


Distilleries–Connecticut–East Hampton
Freight and freightage
Merchant mariners–Salaries, etc.
Rope trade–Connecticut–East Hampton
Shipbuilding–Connecticut–East Hampton
Shipyards–Connecticut–East Hampton Stores
Retail–Connecticut–East Hampton

Document Types:

Account books–Connecticut–East Hampton
Accounts–Connecticut–East Hampton
Bills of lading–Connecticut–East Hampton
Ledgers–Connecticut–East Hampton
Promissory notes–Connecticut–East Hampton
Receipts–Connecticut–East Hampton


Legislators–Connecticut–East Hampton
Merchant mariners
Merchants–Connecticut–East Hampton
Shipowners–Connecticut–East Hampton

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 66, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.


Papers; 1780-1843
Box Folder
1 1 Papers; 1780-1806
2 Papers; 1807-1809
3 Papers; 1810
4 Papers; 1811-1812
5 Papers; 1813-1814
6 Papers; 1815-1816
7 Papers; 1817-1818
8 Papers; 1819-1820
9 Papers; 1821-1822
10 Papers; 1823-1824
11 Papers; 1825-1826
12 Papers; 1827
Box Folder
2 1 Papers; 1828 Jan-May
2 Papers; 1828 Jun-Aug
3 Papers; 1828 Sep-Dec
4 Papers; 1829 Jan-Mar
5 Papers; 1829 Apr-Jun
6 Papers; 1829 Jul -Dec
7 Papers; 1830-1843
8 Miscellaneous material; undated
Volumes; 1801-1823
1 Account book of Jesse Hurd containing accounts of slops, crew’s wages and cargo; 1821-1823
2 Account book of Jesse Hurd for lumber received; 1816-1817
3 Account book of Jesse Hurd for rum, tea, coffee, and tobacco; 1816
4 Account book of Jesse Hurd containing store accounts; 1817
5 Account book of Jesse Hurd containing general store accounts; 1816
6 Account book of Cyrus Hurd containing shipyard, store, and personal accounts; 1831
7 Record book of Jesse Hurd containing accounts of business and labor transactions; 1804-1819
8 Account book of Sloop ALFRED, George Pratt, master contains accounts of ships’ stores and cargoes; 1812-1815
9 Account book of Jesse Hurd containing ship, lumber, and cargo accounts, and mentioning Ship FORTITUDE; 1809-1810
10 Ledger of Charles Hurd in account with Jesse Hurd and others, containing store, lumber and ropewalk accounts; 1813-1815
11 Labor account book of Jesse Hurd for construction of a ship for Thomas and Gardner Child, containing shipbuilding and labor accounts; 1820-1821
12 Ledger of Jesse Hurd Jr., containing labor, ropewalk and store accounts; 1815-1818
13 Ledger of Charles Hurd in account with ropewalk workers, containing ropewalk, labor, and store accounts; 1806-1814
14 Account book of Jesse Hurd, containing shipbuilding, shipyard, labor and store accounts; 1801-1813

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