Fonds ID301 - J.S. Parker and Sons

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J.S. Parker and Sons

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on contents.
  • Variations in title: Formerly called Parker family account books

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  • 1823-1886 (Creation)
    J.S. Parker and Sons (firm)

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40 cm of textual records

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(Established in 1823)

Administrative history

Robert Ellis came to New Brunswick about 1800 and established a shipyard in Tynemouth, Saint John, in 1823. John Stewart Parker (b. ca. 1813), an Irish immigrant, apprenticed with Ellis, and when Ellis retired in 1837 and returned to England, John and Richard Lovett took over the yard. They operated under the name of Lovett & Parker until 1854 when the partnership dissolved and each continued on his own. Parker built numerous ships, at least six for Bennett Smith of Nova Scotia and was the favoured builder for Troop & Sons.

John Stewart Parker married Ellis' daughter, Elizabeth (b. ca. 1821) in 1838. There children were: Thomas R. (b. ca. 1839); Robert L. (b. ca. 1841); George S. (b. ca. 1843); Andrew W. (b. ca. 1845); Alexander S. (b. ca. 1847); John R. (b. ca. 1849); Raymond (b. ca. 1851); Bessie; and Alice who married Captain Carson. Five of his sons became master mariners. The sons helped in the ship building business when they were not at sea, and the firm became known as J.S. Parker and Sons.

Sources: Masters of Sail, 1968; Sailing Ships of the Maritimes, 1975; 1851 Census for Saint John County; A Short History of Fairfield, Tynemouth Creek, and Gardener's Creek, 1971

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Scope and content

This fonds consists of the accounting ledgers of J. S. Parker and Sons. The company appears to be operating as a general store as well as a shipbuilding concern. The accounts record sales to customers, supplies (including lumber) purchased for building ships, and payments to workmen. The company appears to have provided board and lodging for some of its workers, as detailed in the accounts.

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Acquired from J. S. Parker, (Tynemouth Creek), 1955


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  • English

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