American Silversmiths

Simeon Seeley Batterson
(1797-1870)
Melissa Roberts
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Hermon Griswold Batterson
(1827-1903)

 

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Hermon Griswold Batterson
  • Born: 6 Feb 1827, Wintonbury CT
  • Died: 9 Mar 1903, Philadelphia PA

  General notes:

Jeweler and watchmaker

  Events in his life were:

  • He worked circa 1847-1855 as a jeweler and watchmaker in Hartford CT
  • He appeared on the 1850 census taken at Hartford CT, listed as a jeweler.
  • He was a partner in 1851-1855 with Lorenzo Church in Hartford CT as CHURCH & BATTERSON with a shop at 194 Main Street. He later testified that he had sold out to his partner, who then disappeared, leaving him unpaid. In fact, the partnership, insolvent with numerous unpaid bills, actually ended with the death of Church, leaving Batterson carrying the debts alone. He soon moved to New York City in an attempt to buy time and restart his trade. 12
  • He worked in 1855-1860 as a jeweler in New York City NY in the shop of Samuel Baldwin. It was intended that he would become a partner in the firm, but due to Baldwin's continued insolvency, it never occured.
  • He was a partner in 1860 with Willism S. Baldwin in New York City NY as WILLIAM S. BALDWIN & Co. Baldwin, who had been working in his father's shop as bookkeeper, and Batterson bought the store's contents in a complicated exchange of notes in an attempt to stave off their seizure for debts owed. The ensuing court cases, eventually involving George R. Downing, ended up before the New York Supreme Court.
  • 1861: With the failure of his partnership and the resultant court trials, he left the trade entirely and became an ordained Episcopal minister.



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