American Silversmiths

Edmund Dolbeare
(Bef 1642-After 1706)
Mary Shapely
John Dolbeare
(Bef 1669-1740)


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1. Sarah Comer

John Dolbeare
  • Born: Bef 11 Feb 1669, Asburton Devon England
  • Marriage (1): Sarah Comer on 9 Jun 1698 in Boston MA
  • Died: 20 Jun 1740, Boston MA
  • Buried: Jun 1740

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  Events in his life were:

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  • , . John Dolbeare emigrated to Boston at the age of nine, according to tradition. He learned the pewterer's trade from his father and worked in iron and brass as well. He prospered enormously, shipping his products as far afield as Charleston, South Carolina. Some of his pewter work survives and his pewterer's mark--three plumes--is known. He amassed an enormous fortune for his time and place, in excess of 57, 000 sterling. That undoubtedly made him one of the ten richest men in the American colonies, and, indeed, would have opened the door of nearly any house in England.
    Among the effects mentioned in his wife's will are "a parcel of men's wearing apparell" valued at 252/18/6 and Foxe's Martyrology, a great Puritan classic, valued at ten pounds. In addition there was 644 ounces of "household plate," valued at 2127, and 37 1/2 ounces of gold Spanish pistoles.
    John Dolbeare does not come across in his will as a very nice man, tossing several children into the figurative snow for one failing or another. His son Thomas received only five shillings because "he misimproved 2000 which I advanced him from my estate." Others were disinherited for marrying against his will.
  • He was a partner circa 1725 with Jonathan Jackson in Boston MA as DOLBEARE & JACKSON.

John married Sarah Comer, daughter of John Comer and Mrs. Ellenor Comer, on 9 Jun 1698 in Boston MA. (Sarah Comer was born on 10 Jul 1675 in Boston MA, died in Jan 1744 in Boston MA and was buried in Jan 1744 in Boston MA.)

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