American Silversmiths

John Northey
Sarah Hill
David Northey
(1709-Bef 1778)
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William Northey


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William Northey
  • Born: 13 Mar 1735, Salem MA
  • Marriage (1): Rebecca Collins on 25 Jan 1764 in Salem MA
  • Died: 13 Jun 1804, Lynn MA

  General notes:

Silver and pewtersmith

  Events in his life were:

  • He worked in 1762-1800 as a silversmith in Salem MA
    At his death in 1804, Dr. William Bentley noted in his diary
    . . . no one could compare with him in strength of mind, comprehensive views of men & manners, & in established reputation for integrity of mind. . . From my heart I did respect & reverence Friend Northey . . . [He] was educated in the occupation of his Father as a Goldsmith, tho' he wrought in all the common work of metals, as a Tinman, pewterer, as original ingenuity would suggest in a trade, of which a single branch could promise by a very insufficient support. . . His large hat & wig gave him distinction as well as his flowing wit. 9

  • Caster by John Burt, 1768
    Essex Institute 19
    h: 3 11/16"
    wt: 2 oz, 10 dwt
    Made c 1735 and originally owned by his father, it is engraved 1768 / N over W + R for William and Rebecca (Collins) Northey.
  • Salem MA, 1789: chairman of the Board of Selectmen at the time of Washington's visit to the city. 3
  • , . Although an inventory has not been found, he left to his son Ezra ". . . all my tools for the Goldsmiths, Pewterers, and Tinman's business."

William married Rebecca Collins on 25 Jan 1764 in Salem MA. (Rebecca Collins was born on 7 Jan 1740 in Lynn MA.)

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