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Frederick Oakes


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Frederick Oakes
  • Born: Dec 1781, East Hartford CT
  • Marriage (1): Mary Pratt on 15 Sep 1804 in Hartford CT
  • Died: 18 Oct 1855, Nyack NY

  General notes:

Silversmith and watchmaker

  Events in his life were:

  • Alternate Mark
  • He was a partner before 1804 with Nathan Allyn in Hartford CT as ALLYN & OAKES. Dissolution reported in American Mercury of 13 December 1804. 3

  • He was a partner in 1804-1807 with David Greenleaf in Hartford CT as GREENLEAF & OAKES. Partnership announced in the American Mercury of 20 December 1804 and its dissolution in the Connecticut Courant of 30 September 1807. The mark show is tentatively attributed to the firm. 3
  • He worked in 1807-1811 as a silversmith, jeweler, and watchmaker in Hartford CT from shop facing Ferry Street. 3


  • Sugar tongs, c 1815
    Private Collection
    l: 7 1/8"
    Engraved on bow "Maria Danforth"
  • He worked in 1820-1830 as a silversmith, jeweler, and watchmaker in Hartford CT from his old stand at 85 Main Street. Apparently he retired from business c 1830, his son buying out his stock in trade. He is listed in city directories from 1838-1846 as having a boarding house. 3

  • Mug by Horace and Allyn Goodwin, c 1823
    Private Collection 14
    h: 4 1/2"
    Inscription HARTFORD COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY above upper decorative band; PREMIUM / TO / FREDERICK OAKES / for the best Cultivated Farm / 1823

  • Watch paper, c 1829
    American Antiquarian Society
  • He appeared on the 1850 census taken at Hartford CT, listed as a silversmith. It is unclear if he had, in fact, resumed his trade or simply gave the enumerator his old occupation.

Frederick married Mary Pratt on 15 Sep 1804 in Hartford CT. (Mary Pratt was born on 12 May 1784 in East Hartford CT and died on 4 Mar 1867 in Detroit MI.)

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