American Silversmiths

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(1694-c 1730)
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William Holmes


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William Holmes
  • Born: 7 May 1742, Boston MA
  • Marriage (1): Mary Greenough on 14 Jan 1794 in Boston MA
  • Died: 12 Feb 1825, Boston MA

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  Events in his life were:

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  • Apprenticed about 1755 to William Holmes in Boston MA 1
    He took over his father's shop on Ann Street in April 1763, as noted in Sarah Tappan's memoirs.
  • He worked in 1763-1825 as a silversmith in Boston MA
    He is known to have used at least 15 marks, some of which he inhereted from his father. 9
  • Advertised in the Boston Gazette (Boston MA), 7 Apr 1783, notifying the public of a farm for sale in Norton, and asks that inquiries be made of "William Holmes, Goldsmith of Boston or Capt. William Holmes of Norton." 3
  • Advertised in the Boston Gazette (Boston MA), 13 Sep 1784, seeking an apprentice at his shop opposite the Golden Key in Ann Street. 3

  • Boston MA, c 1812-1822: h: 12"
    w: 10 1/8"
    Oil on canvas, artist unknown. The Boston Directory of 1816 lists William Holmes, goldsmith, and John Holmes, hardware, both at No 63 Ann Street and Cornelius B. Simmons, slop shop, at No 62. By the 1825 Directory, William was dead and John had moved to 27 Ann Street. 27

William married Mary Greenough on 14 Jan 1794 in Boston MA. (Mary Greenough died in 1831.)

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