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Caleb Leach Papers: Finding Aid
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Description
This collection contains the papers of American watchmaker and water-works builder Caleb Leach (1755-1837). The majority of the collection deals with Leach’s invention, the screw auger, and his various business ventures. There is also some material related to Leach’s family into the beginning of the 20th century. This small collection includes business records, correspondence, and other miscellaneous material.
Background
Watchmaker, water-works builder, and businessman Caleb Leach (1755-1837) was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1755. As a young man, Leach was apprenticed to a watch maker. In July 1775, Caleb served for eight months in Captain James Keith’s company in the 28th regiment, commanded by Colonel Paul D. Sargent. He was discharged from the Army in 1780 having served in various different regiments during the Revolutionary War. Leach returned to Halifax, Massachusetts, as a clock/watch maker. In 1782, Caleb married Abigail Tinkham (died 1818); they had eight children: Ebenezer (1782-1796), Abigail (1785-1795), Caleb, Jr. (1786-), Ephraim (1788-1855), Samuel (1792-1838), Ebenezer (1797-1861), and Abigail (1802-1803).
Extent
225 items. 1 box.
Restrictions
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
Availability
Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.