Stitched sheets. 30 cm. 68 pp. of entries in a neat hand. Browning and old staining to the outer sheets, extending into some pages of the text at front and rear. The account book deals with freight, primarily tons of stone purchased by Josiah Vinton from local suppliers and sent by ship from Braintree to Boston Harbor ports. Tonnage varied from 29 to 40 tons a load. Occasionally the return freight included lime, molasses, cords of wood, dung, plaster of Paris, and once a shipment of seaweed from the town of Hull to Braintree. Other commodities included "16 tons salt hay from Noodles Island", and "Union Society to freighting one freight of boards & other lumber being a part of a Meeting House from Boston taken on board Sloop Gov. Strong from Capt. Daniel Baxter's Wharf and Landed on Saml. Arnold's Wharf at Braintree by Joseph Pratt & Daniel Ramsdall." Vinton's suppliers included Jacob Denton, Moses French, Daniel Hollis, Alexander White, Elijah Penniman, Asaph Faxon, Benjamin Bowditch, etc. Customers in Boston included Theodore Lyman, John Rice & Co., Capt. Caleb Loring, Nath. Glover, the Union Society, and many others. Item #64329
Josiah Vinton was the son of Thomas Vinton (1714-1776), a blacksmith in Braintree. At an early age, Josiah was sent to Boston to apprentice with Benjamin Loring in the gold and silver trade. Once the American Revolution began he returned to Braintree. According to one source, he served as a private in Capt. Thomas White's Company in 1776. Following the war and the death of his stepmother in 1790, Josiah inherited five acres in Braintree. He engaged in the silver trade and in agriculture, and by the early 1800s was a store keeper. He also built small vessels, and likely the two ships employed in this account book carting stone to Boston, the 'Federal Hope,' and the 'Gov. Strong' were his. [One entry, dated Aug. 26, 1807, records the use of his sloop for three days by Capt. Amasa Delano to deliver sails and rigging to Boston's Indian Wharf]. [see: "The Vinton Memorial," by John Adams Vinton (Whipple & Co.: 1858), pp.82-3]
Josiah Vinton's son Josiah is mentioned as working with him, in an entry for April 15, 1811: "Silvanus Poll dr. to 41 tons cellar stones at 14/pr purch. Said stones were bot. of Elihu Hunt by my son Josiah and he is to have the pay for them or his proportion of what the job averages at when measured. Taken on board sloop Federal Hope from Bryant Newcomb's Wharf & carried to Boston & landed on Stephen's Wharf by Plato Turner & D. Ramsdall...." Josiah Vinton, Jr. (1777-1857) had been a merchant in Boston before the effects of the Embargo Act of 1807 necessitated a move back to Braintree in 1808. One of the men off-loading this particular batch of stone, Plato Turner, may be the freed slave who served in the American Revolution and gained his freedom as a result, or his son Plato, who was born in 1779. Plato Turner [Sr.] was one of four former slaves who founded Parting Ways, an African American settlement near Plymouth, Massachusetts.