Benjamin Hurd (1739 - 1781)

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Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: Silversmith, engraver
Managed by: Erica Isabel Howton, (c)
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About Benjamin Hurd

Like his brother Nathaniel, he followed their father's craft, but was not of age when his father died. He was an engraver as well as a goldsmith. A teapot and baptismal basins in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, are among the few pieces, mostly spoons, known today. The basin in Halifax perhaps explains his presence there; his return on August 7, 1769 was noted in the Boston Records, vol. 29, p. 317. Hurd died, apparently intestate, on June 2, 1781 and is buried in the Granary Burial Ground in Boston not far from his brother-in-law, Daniel Henchman. The inventory of his shop tools included "1 Large Spoon Teast / 1 Large Spoon punch / 1 ditto ditto / 1 Child's spoon punch / 4 Tea spoon punch / 1 spoon swage or stake." His "Shop Tools & Furniture" were appraised by Benjamin Burt and Zachariah Brigden; Thomas Clarke and John Hurd were appraisers of the "House Furniture". 10

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Benjamin Hurd's Timeline

1734
April 13, 1734
1739
May 12, 1739
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
August 12, 1739
Boston, Suffolk, England
1781
June 2, 1781
Age 42
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States