The untimely demise of Captain Jackson

Here is what we know about the untimely and dramatic death of Captain Jackson.

Dated Sunday, August 11 in the American Weekly Mercury in Philadelphia, PA: It was received in Boston, the news of Captain Newark Jackson’s death. In Barbados, Captain Jackson took aboard his schooner three Portuguese men. One night when the ship was near Surinam the Portuguese men killed Captain Newark Jackson, Captain Charles Ledian, the bookkeeper, and Captain Jackson’s boy [servant or assistant, not his son]. The Portuguese men then ordered the surviving crew to steer the boat to the Oronoque River near a Spanish settlement. The crew ended up going to Currentine, a Dutch settlement, where two of the three murderers were captured and taken to Surinam.

Read the letter here

Newark Jackson’s will was allowed August 23, 1743. On January 30, 1738, Newark Jackson wrote his last will and testament, in which he described himself as a “mariner, being bound on the voyage of the sea, and considering the uncertainty of human life” he wished to be interred at the King’s Chapel in Boston. After his debts were paid, he wanted the executors of his estate to receive a ring and a handsome suit of mourning for their trouble. For his wife Amey, as long as she remained his widow, she owned the remainder of his estate including the chocolate mill and his church pew at the Christ Church of Boston (Old North).

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