Fonds ID3001 - Hazen and Chipman

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Hazen and Chipman

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  • Variations in title: Also known as "Hugh T. Hazen Collection"

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  • 1764-1899 (Creation)
    Hazen - Chipman family

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2.4 m of textual documents

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(Branch begins 1738)

Biographical history

William Hazen was born at Haverhill, Mass., 17 July, 1738, and died in Saint John on 23 March , 1814. He married at Haverhill, 19 July 1764, to Sarah LeBaron (1748/9-1823), who was the daughter of Dr. Joseph and Sarah (Leonard) LeBaron. He had 16 children: Elizabeth (who married Ward Chipman Sr.); William; Charles; Robert; Sarah Lowell; Charlotte; George; Henry; LeBaron; Edwin; George Henry; Francis Amelia; Frederick Edward; Frederick Edward; Sophia Ann; a daughter.

The name of William Hazen is on a "Return of men enlisted or impressed for His Majesty's service of the Province of Massachusetts Bay in the regiment of Joseph Gerrish, Colonel, to be put under immediate command of Jeffrey Amherst, General and Commander-in-chief of His Majesty's Forces in North America for the invasion of Canada," Newbury, 10 April 1759 [Mass. Archives, 97:107-8].

A partnership was formed, 1 March 1764, consisting of Samuel Blodgett of Boston, William Hazen of Newburyport, James Simonds (each to have a fourth part), and Richard Simonds, James White, and Robert Peaslee, junior partners, to enter in the business of cod fishery, seine fishery, fur trade, burning of lime, etc. [The Simdonds brothers and James White were cousins of William Hazen, and Robert Peaslee, his brother-in-law.] Robert Peaslee retires at the end of the first year; Richard Simonds died in 1765. In the autumn of 1764 Leonard Jarvis became the partner of William Hazen at Newburyport and shared in the New Brunswick business. Samuel Blodgett retired in 1766, after which the business was conducted by Hazen and Jarvis at Newburyport and by Simonds and White at Saint John. They also carried on trade with the West Indies. During the ten years from the first settlement (1762), up to the outbreak of the Revolution, Simonds and White shipped to New England beaver and other skins amounting to more than 10,000 pounds at invoice prices. William Hazen's house, built in 1773 at Portland Point at the mouth of the Saint John, was still standing at the northwest corner of Simonds and Brooks streets in 1910. In 1781 William Hazen was appointed a member of His Majesty's Executive Council of New Brunswick from its erection as a province in 1784.

Ward Chipman Jr., (William's grandson) and Edwin Hazen of Saint John were appointed administrators of the estate of the Hon. William Hazen, esq.

Honourable Ward Chipman Sr. was born at Marblehead., Massachusetts, July 30, 1754, to John and Elizabeth (Brown) Chipman. He died in Fredericton, February 9, 1824. He married Elizabeth Hazen (1766-1852), daughter of William Hazen, in Saint John in 1782. They had one child Ward Chipman Jr.

Ward Chipman Sr. graduated from Harvard College in 1770; was a preceptor of the Free School in Roxbury, Mass., 1771; and studied law in Boston. He was appointed Muster-Master of British-American forces in July or August 1777, at New York, and served until peace in 1783. He removed to New Brunswick and, for his loyalty, was awarded offices of trust and profit and a pension of 96 pounds per annum. In 1784 he was appointed Solicitor-General of New Brunswick. From 1796 to 1799 he was Agent on the part of His Majesty before the Commissioners under the 5th Article of the Treaty of Amity, Commerce and Navigation concluded between His Majesty and the United States of America, 19 November 1794. He was a member of the House of Assembly, member of His Majesty's Council, and in 1909 Justice of the Supreme Court. In 1816 under the Treaty of Ghent he was appointed Agent for the Crown to locate the north-west angle of Nova Scotia. At the time of his death, he was President and Commander-in-Chief of the government of New Brunswick, during a vacancy in the office of the Lieutenant-Governor.

Ward Chipman Jr., was born in Saint John, July 21st 1787, and died in December 26, 1851. He married Elizabeth Wright (1792-1876). They had no children.

He succeeded to his father's seat on the bench and in the Council, and a [NBM's description cuts off here]

Custodial history

The papers of William Hazen were left to Ward Chipman Jr. and when Chipman died, William Hazen's material and the Chipman material were transferred to Robert Frazer Hazen's control (Ward Chipman's cousin and William Hazen's grandson). All the material eventually ended up in the hands of Hugh Tremaine Frazer who was the Grandson of Robert Frazer Hazen.

Scope and content

This fonds includes:

  • Estate papers of William Hazen;
  • Estate papers of M. Jarvis 1786-1876;
  • Correspondence, Business and personal papers of William Hazen;
  • Correspondence and other materials re Simonds, Hazen and White Litigation 1764-1812;
  • Business papers of Ward Chipman Sr. 1785-1870;
  • Chipman Sr. litigation papers;
  • Legal notes by Ward Chipman;
  • Criminal Cases 1786-1812;
  • Commissions of Oyer & Terminer 1796-1812;
  • Civil litigation 1783-1836;
  • Inquests into the causes of death 1787-1812;
  • Land transaction papers1762-1856;
  • New York Admirality Court papers 1765-1882;
  • Materials related to the city of Saint John;
  • Business and personal papers of R.F. Hazen Ward Chipman Jr.

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Acquired from Hugh Tremaine Hazen, 1933-1938


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  • English

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Part of the Hazen, Hugh T. Collection was separated into another fonds, Ward Chipman Sr. ID194. There are also the Robert Frazer fonds ID191 and J.D. Hazen ID420.

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