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George Darracott

Male 1784 - 1865  (80 years)


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  • Name George Darracott 
    Born 6 Oct 1784  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Jul 1865  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 5
    Person ID I21167  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2019 

    Father William Darracott,   b. 24 Apr 1754, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1806, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Mother Mary Lowell,   b. 14 Jan 1750, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1785, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1783  [2, 6
    Family ID F12525  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah "Sally" Clark,   b. 6 Aug 1787,   d. 16 Jun 1859, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 18 Jan 1807  [6
    Children 
    +1. Sarah Clark Darracott,   b. 13 Nov 1815, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1892, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F12523  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Shared with his son-in-law Joseph Nason, U.S. patent 1,261, 26 Jul 1839, for an "Argand Gas-Burner."

      The handwritten registry that records his death in Boston on 13 Jul 1865 calls his occupation "gentleman" and names his parents William and Mary.

      "George Darracott, one of our Directors, died on the 13th day of July last, in his 81st year. He was born Oct. 6, 1784, and was of Norman-English descent, his ancestors having resided for many generations in Devonshire, England. Commencing business on a moderate scale, he soon developed a taste for mechanical ingenuity and improvements. In 1826, he projected the Marine Railway for the merchant service of Boston, the construction and management of which during a period of nine years were intrusted to his care. He superintended the affairs of the Boston Gas-Light Company for sixteen years. He was a member of the Board of Health at a time when the visitation of the yellow fever at this port caused a serious alarm, and he assisted in adopting the most efficient measures to stay its ravages. He served at another time of excitement, in the introduction of the Voluntary Fire Department, as an assistant engineer. He was a Director of one of the public institutions of the city, a Representative to the General Court, and President of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association. Of the latter, he was one of its early and prominent members; he was long associated in the management of its affairs, displaying great intelligence and persevering industry. He exhibited the same devotion to the interests of the Bunker-Hill-Monument Association, of which he was Director for thirty-four years, and, in 1840-1843, was a member of the Building Committee; in 1835, with Mr. Thorndike and Mr. Hammond,he made a long and laborious calculation of the cost of the work remaining to be done, on two different plans, by calculating the contents of each stone in every course to be laid, and estimating the cost thereof, for which service the Committee received a special vote of thanks on the part of the Corporation." [Proceedings of the Bunker Hill Monument Association at the Annual Meeting on Monday, June 18, 1866, citation details below.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2704] The Historic Genealogy of the Lowells of America from 1639 to 1899 by Delmar R. Lowell. Rutland, Vermont: The Tuttle Company, 1899., date only.

    2. [S2708] Ancestors and Descendants of John Coney of Boston, England and Boston, Massachusetts by Mary Lovering Holman. Concord, Massachusetts: The Rumford Press, 1928.

    3. [S2709] "George Darracott." Proceedings of the Bunker Hill Monument Association at the Annual Meeting on Monday, June 18, 1866. Boston: Bunker Hill Monument Association, 1866., date only.

    4. [S2709] "George Darracott." Proceedings of the Bunker Hill Monument Association at the Annual Meeting on Monday, June 18, 1866. Boston: Bunker Hill Monument Association, 1866.

    5. [S2579] Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915, on ancestry.com.

    6. [S2704] The Historic Genealogy of the Lowells of America from 1639 to 1899 by Delmar R. Lowell. Rutland, Vermont: The Tuttle Company, 1899.