American Silversmiths

Francis Pelletreau
Jane Osborne
(Abt 1700-1733)
Elias Pelletreau


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1. Sarah Gelston

2. Sarah Conkling

Elias Pelletreau
  • Born: 31 May 1726, Southampton NY
  • Marriage (1): Sarah Gelston on 29 Dec 1748 in Southampton NY
  • Marriage (2): Sarah Conkling on 28 Jun 1786 in East Hampton NY
  • Died: 2 Nov 1810, Southampton NY

  General notes:


  Events in his life were:

  • Apprenticed on 12 Jan 1741-1748 to Simeon Soumain in New York City NY 1

  • He worked in 1750-1776 as a silversmith in Southampton NY from a shop on Main Street; shown here is a re-construction of his original building erected in 1686. 3

  • Pepper pot, c 1750
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 10
    h: 3 15/16" (including finial)
    d: 2" (base)
    wt: 4 oz, 3 dwt
  • Made freeman of New York City NY, 10 Aug 1750. 15

  • Porringer, c 1753
    Private Collection
    l: 7 3/8"
    wt: 8 oz
    Engraved 1753 and S over R * S for Richard and Sarah (Sears) Smith. Smith was one of Pelletreau's best customers and bought eight tankards in 1763.

  • Tankard, c 1760-1775
    Yale University
    h: 8 3/8"
  • Appointed in 1761 as Lieutenant in the militia in Southampton NY 15

  • Tankard, 1761
    Private Collection
    h: 6 7/8"
    wt: 29 oz
    Engraved RF for Ruth Floyd, who married Nathaniel Woodhull. An entry in Elias Pelletreau's Account Book 2, p. 34, dated February 1762, lists a tankard made for Nathaniel Woodhull, of 30 oz / 3 pt / 12 gr, with charges for the fashioning at 2/6 per ounce and "Ingraving ye Sipher" for 6 shillings. The order also included a pepper box, milk pot and teapot, among other objects. It is likely that this commission constituted Woodhull's wedding silver.
  • Appointed in 1765 as Captain of militia in Southampton NY 15

  • Tankard, 1765
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    h: 7 5/8"
    Engraved "C * F" on handle for Charity Floyd.

  • Pepper pot, 1769
    Private Collection
    h: 3 1/2"
    Engraved R * W for Ruth Woodhull. The purchase by her husband is recorded in Pelletreau's account book.

  • Tankard, 1772
    Yale University
    h: 7 3/8"
    d: 5 1/2" (of base)
    wt: 34 oz, 13 dwt
    Engraved "AF" in a leaf boarder on cover for Anna Floyd.
  • Advertised in the The New York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (New York City NY), 24 May 1773,
    [sic] Pelletreau, Takes this method t0 inform the Merchants and the Public in general, that he has set up at his house on GoIden.Hill, at the sign of the Dish of Fry'd Oysters, a place for cutting of Whale Bone; those that will favour him with their Custom, may depend upon being served with care and expedition.
    N.B. he has also for Sale, a parcel of Silver Smith's Tools, which he will sell cheap for Cash.

  • He worked in 1776-1780 as a silversmith in Simsbury CT

  • Porringer, c 1776
    Private Collection
    d: 4 1/2 (bowl)

  • Sander, c 1776-1780
    Private Collection
    h: 4"
    d: 2 5/8"
    wt: 4.65 oz
  • He worked in 1780-1782 as a silversmith in Old Saybrook CT
  • He worked in 1782-1810 as a silversmith in Southampton NY

  • Tankard, 1791
    Private Collection
    h: 7 1/4"
    wt: 35 oz.
    Engraved JLG in a circular cartouche for John Lyon Gardiner. The tankard, along with other silver ordered by Gardiner, is recorded in Pelletreau's account book (see below), dated April 2, 1791, and indicates the weight as 35 oz. 7 dwt. 12 gr. A corresponding entry, dated April 22, 1791, in Gardiner's account book confirms the purchase of this tankard.

  • Account book entry
    East Hampton Free Library
    Recording silver made for John Lyon Gardiner, including the preceeding tankard.
  • Master to William Sherrill Conklin Bef 3 Dec 1793 in Southampton NY.

Elias married Sarah Gelston on 29 Dec 1748 in Southampton NY. (Sarah Gelston was born on 10 Mar 1725 in Southampton NY and died on 14 Apr 1784.)

Elias next married Sarah Conkling, daughter of Unknown and Unknown, on 28 Jun 1786 in East Hampton NY. (Sarah Conkling was born in 1735 in East Hampton NY.)

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