Sunday, November 16, 2008

Back From Boston,

Major decision of the day . Should I put this in with my punning plates or my Turtle plates ?

Second major decision of the day, should I open the business section of the paper to see how Paulson is pissing away my grand kid's money ?
The Reverend John Boddily was born in 1755 in Bristol England and came to America around 1795 to become the pastor of the 2nd Presbyterian Church in Newburyport Massachusetts . His plate is not listed in the standard reference books (Allen, Hamilton , Franks)and I believe it to be quite rare.
UPDATE- 11/19/20-08
Anthony Pincott was kind enough to send me the following additional information about John Boddily:
A discourse delivered by Daniel Dana at the interment of the Rev. John Boddily [microform] pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church in Newburyport, who deceased Nov. 4, 1802, in his 48th year.
suggests that the IGI entry for John Boddily born Newburyport in 1755 is MISLEADING, and that this person IS TRULY the reverend.
has the following, probably quoted from A History of Newburyport, Mass by John James Currier (which might be worth looking up) :
The first two names were those of the Rev. Charles William Milton of Newbury and his friend the Rev. John Boddily of Newburyport, both of English birth, who prepared together for the Presbyterian ministry at Lady Selina Huntington's college.
John, s. Rev. John and Sarah, Sept. 16, 1795.
Joseph, s. Rev. John and Sarah, Aug. 18, 1801. CR5
Maty Gushing, d. Benjamin P. and Mary, Jan. 12, 1812.
Sarah, d. Rev. John and Sarah, Sept. 10, 1799. CR5
tells us that the IGI is apparently wrong also in regard to the place of Sarah’s birth
1851.- WILLIAM COOMBS WHEELWRIGHT was lost at sea,
9 September, 1854, aged 25. He was son of Ebenezer and
Sarah (Boddily) Wheelwright, and was born in Portsmouth,
N.H., 13 December, 1829. His grandparents, on his father's
side, were Ebenezer Wheelwright (born in Gloucester), and
Anne (born at Newburyport), daughter of William Coombs.
On his maternal line, his grandfather, John Boddily, was born
in England, probably in 1760. His grandmother, Sarah
(Tuckmell) Boddily, was born in Bristol, Eng., or, at least,
came from that place.

I cannot find in the IGI either the birth or marriage of a Sarah Tuckmell. Nor is there a record at Newburyport (below) of her marriage, which was therefore perhaps in England. Various churches (eg Quakers) have refused to participate in the IGI.

All we find is:

Benjamin Peach, and Mary Cushing, Mar. 24, 1809.*
Elizabeth Peach, and Capt. James Cummings, Apr. 17, 1810.*
Sarah, and Ebenezer Wheelwright of Portsmouh, NH, Jan. 21, 1823.*
Susanna, and Paul Noyes, jr., Jan. 2, 1806.*

The pictorial bookplate has the motto DEUS EST AMOR and shows a bird [Noah’s dove] bearing a [olive] branch and finding new land, which is appropriately symbolic for Rev. Boddily’s transfer to America. Was this bookplate engraved by its owner ?

I returned from the Boston book and ephemera shows last night with a smile on my face. Some of my most interesting finds are included in this posting.The copy below was provided by the dealer who sold the plate ( click on the image to enlarge). The part about William Bradford having printed the plate is wishful thinking at best.

When I soaked off the plate from the detached board the paper scrap below was under the leather binding.

Here is an excellent site with more biographical information about Joshua Maddox Wallace and his descendants

Scrap of paper found under leather binding. The next time you chat with your bookbinder ask him (or her) what interesting things he has found under leather bindings. A binder I used to use found some 16th or 17th century playing cards under a binding.

Marty Weil publishes an excellent ephemera blog which I try to read on a regular basis.He was kind enough to mention my blog several days ago .One good turn deserves another.Here is a link:

That's all for now. See you next week.

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