1.   Historical note

2.   Scope and content

3.   Provenance

4.   Processing note

5.   Inventory

6.   Subjects

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 John F. Jolls Papers

 Merchant tailor of Providence.

 Papers, 1839-1901.

 Size: .25 linear feet

 Catalog number: MSS 971

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, January 1996

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            John Flavel Jolls (1811-1897) was a merchant tailor, and lived all his life in Providence. He married Julia Ann Braley (1811- ) around 1837. They had one surviving child, Jennie H. Jolls (1838- ). John was active as a tailor from at least 1838 through 1858. He entered a partnership with Abner Gay, Jr. in 1839, which ended the following year. Until about 1843, he was a partner in Padelford & Jolls. Later in life, Jolls embarked on several unrelated ventures; he developed a new variety of raspberry in 1872.

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Scope and content:

            Includes several documents relating to Julia's mother Hannah Braley, who inherited her husband's position as keeper of a light house near New Bedford. John Jolls was executor of her estate. There are several letters dealing with the Braleys' Ohio lands, including a letter from the Brown family agent, Douglas Putnam of Marietta, Ohio. Other interesting items are a five-page report on a phrenelogical examination of Hannah Jolls, and a chart of pew owners for an unidentified church. There are also many receipts, mostly for household expenses.

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            The provenance of this collection is unknown; from the appearance of its catalog card, it probably arrived during the 1950s.

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Processing note:

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Folder 1. Correspondence, 1846-1871.

                                    1846/9/7 Copy, Jolls to Hon. Robert Walker re                                                       Braley lighthouse position.

                                    1848/6/30 From John Eddy of Mattapoisett, re                                                         Braleys.

                                    1849/7/9 Copy, Jolls to William Davis re notes.

                                    1849/12/28 From Isaac Barker re Ohio lands.

                                    1850/3/2 From Douglas Putnam re Ohio lands.

                                    1851/6/24 From E. Paulk of Bangor, Me. re lumber.

                                    1853/4/11 From J.W. Stanley re Ohio lands.

                                    1853/8/30 From J.W. Stanley re Ohio lands.

                                    1865/12/9 From F.W. Ewart re prospects of success                                                            in litigation for Ohio lands.

                                    1870/1/20 Copy to H. Howard, re back pay due.

                                    1871/10/5 From George Hall, eviction notice.

Folder 2. Jolls family genealogical notes. 4 items.

Folder 3. Essays, undated. Marked "Jennie H. Jolls"; author           uncertain. Sample titles include "The culture of Taste an important element in a young lady's education" and "The Age of Elizabeth".

Folder 4. "Phrenological description of Hannah J. Jolls by L.A.       Fowles, Providence, February 19 1849." 5 pages.

Folder 5. Miscellaneous documents.

            Prospect Street Grammar School report card, Jane Jolls, 1851

            Power of attorney, Hannah Braley to John F. Jolls, 1850.

            Claim form from H.E. Wood & Co., 1870.

            Summons, by George Hale, 1871.

            Deed, Jolls to Hannah Braley, 1848.

            Stock certificate, Mariners' Bethel Mission Ship Co., 1859.

            Lease from Anne A. Ives and Hope B. Russell, 1878.

            Sale of shop and supplies to James Read, 1839.

            Partnership with Abner Gay, 1839.

            Dissolution of Jolls & Gay, 1840.

            Fire insurance on piano, Jennie H. Jolls, 1857.

Folder 6. Miscellaneous.

            Bill, Mrs. E.R. Gardner, 1878.

            Bill, estate of Abbie S. Gardner, 1901.

            Advertising brochure, Narragansett Raspberries, 1872.

            Undated pew-holder chart for unknown church.

Folder 7. Notes receivable, 1842-1848.

Folder 8. Expenses for barn, 1849-1852.

Folder 9. Miscellaneous financial, 1847-1859.

Folder 10. Miscellaneous financial, 1860-1864.

Folder 11. Miscellaneous financial, 1865-1877 (bulk, 1865-1870).

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Braley, Hannah

Lighthouses - Massachusetts - New Bedford



Putnam, Douglas

Tailors - Rhode Island - Providence

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