October 03, 2020 09:00 AM EDT Asheville, North Carolina


Nicholas Sever Family Account Book and Index

comprising the account book and index of Nicholas Sever (1680-1764) and William Sever (son, 1729-1809) of the firm "Nicholas Sever and Sons", bound in blind stamped leather, entries dated 1755-1777, 15-1/4 x 9-3/4 in.

Note: Nicholas Sever (1680-1764) and his son, William (1729-1809) were successful merchants involved in the coastal New England trade and were known to own at least seventeen trading vessels. They shipped primarily wood, plank, staves, and salt fish out of Boston and Salem. William, who had formerly served on the Governor’s Council, became president of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress on July 26, 1775. During the Revolutionary War, William constructed, armed, and supplied privateer vessels. The account book and index reflect the period of time that Nicholas and William ran the firm “Nicholas Sever and Sons” (1755-1777). When William retired, he turned over his shipping and trade business to his sons, John Severs (1766-1803) and Captain James N. Severs (1761-1845).

Provenance:Captain James N. Sever (1761-1845), Captain USS Congress; by descent in family


account book with some losses to leather, hinges tender, some pages detached, with some fading, staining, and minor losses throughout; index with some tears, losses, staining, and toning throughout

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
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