Person:William Barrett (51)

m. 22 May 1760
  1. Nathan Barrett1763 - 1829
  2. Simon Barrett1765 -
  3. Timothy Barrett1768 -
  4. David Barrett1769 -
  5. Miram Barrett1771 -
  6. Ephraim Barrett1772 -
  7. Susanna Barrett1774 -
  8. William Barrett1775 - 1834
  9. Reuben Barrett1776 -
  10. Francis Barrett1778 - 1819
  11. George Minot Barrett1783 -
  12. Lucy Barrett1784 -
  13. Luther Barrett1786 - Bef 1836
m. 12 Feb 1804
  1. Caroline Barrett1804 - 1805
  2. William Barrett1806 - 1838
  3. Henry Barrett1807 - 1892
  4. Caroline Barrett1809 - 1836
  5. Simon Hall Barrett1811 - 1900
  6. Augustus Ludlow Barrett1813 - 1896
  7. Aaron Barrett1814 - 1878
  8. Mary Hall Barrett1816 - 1860
  9. Louisa Barrett1818 - Aft 1880
  10. Elizabeth Barrett1820 - 1883
  11. Charles BarrettAbt 1822 - 1822
  12. Augusta Maria Barrett1823 - 1908
Facts and Events
Name William Barrett
Gender Male
Birth[1] 17 Jun 1775 Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Marriage 12 Feb 1804 Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United Statesto Mary Keezer Hall
Death[2] 15 Nov 1834 Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

William Barrett, Esq., though not a native of Malden, was for many years one of the most distinguished citizens of the place; and probably did more while he lived to advance its business interests, than any other individual ever resident here. Mr. Barrett was born in Concord, Mass., and in early life went to Billerica as an apprentice to a clothier. Before he became of age, he purchased his time of his master, and also the business stand, securing the services of his master there. He succeeded in his new experiment; and having calls made upon him for dyeing silks, as well as other cloths, he determined to supply these calls, and did so, by an agreement with a dyer in Charlestown with whom he was acquainted. Subsequently he went into copartnership with the Charlestown dyer, Mr. Thompson; and in a few years purchased the establishment, and carried on business there, until about 1804, when he came to Malden and set up his dyeing works. He was prosperous, as he had little or no competition, and found his business increasing. In the winter of 1816, his first dye-house, including his dwelling-house, a wooden building, was burned to the ground. In no wise disheartened, by noon the next day after this disaster, Mr Barrett had a temporary building erected for his workmen, and his work going on; and soon after, by the assistance of friends, erected the large and substantial brick building so long and so extensively known as the Malden Dye House, a correct representation of which is given on another page [p. 179]. This stand is now occupied by his sons. Mr Barrett was one of the most enterprising of men. Obstacles which might seem to others most formidable, only served to excite him to action; and we might say, were an indication to him of his victory over them. He was an example of what may be done by the right ambition, and industry, and perseverance in the business of life. He was prompt in his business affairs, benevolent in his prosperity, a friend to those in need, and was ready to engage in any movement having the general good in view. He died November 15, 1834, aged 59.[3]

  1. Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635-1850. (Boston: Beacon Press, 1891)
    p. 240.

    William Barrett Son of Cap't Nathan Barrett and Meriam his wife was Born June ye 17th 1775.

  2. Corey, Deloraine P., Compiler. Births, Marriages and Deaths in the Town of Malden, Massachusetts, 1649-1850. (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Printed at the University Press for the City of Malden, 1903)
    p. 330.

    [470] William, Esq., 59 y., [died] Nov. 15, 1834.
    [Birth about 1775.]

  3. The Bi-centennial book of Malden: containing the oration and poem delivered on the two hundredth anniversary of the incorporation of the town, May 23, 1849, with other proceedings on that day, and matters pertaining to the history of the place. (Boston: Printed by G.C. Rand & Co., 1850)
    pp. 178-180.