Who was Captain Newark Jackson and why is there a chocolate shop named after him?
Captain Newark Jackson was a mariner and merchant in Boston’s North End during the 1730s and ’40s. But he truly enjoyed his work as a chocolate maker. He owned a chocolate mill and made and sold chocolate in his shop near what was Mr. Clark’s Shipyard.
Besides selling chocolate and other goods, he was also a member of the Christ Church in the City of Boston, or as we fondly call it today, the Old North Church.
All three of Captain Jackson’s children, Elizabeth, Newark, and Amey, were baptized at the church. He and his wife owed pew #13.
Back in the 18th and 19th centuries, in order to be a member of Christ Church you had to purchase your pew. The Jacksons’ pew was in the front of the sanctuary, so we can comfortably assume that the chocolate industry was a lucrative one for him!
Thus, when it came time to naming our chocolate shop, we thought it would be more than fitting to name the shop after this important Boston figure.