MG 239 - Boas Family Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains the papers of a number of members of the Boas family. It contains two account ledgers of Jacob Boas, 1806-1813, 1813-15, and a small notebook, 1814; correspondence and bonds between F. K. Boas, attorney-at-law, and Andrew McClaughen, 1873; the last will and testament of Elizabeth Boas, 1847; a blank business invoice of the Harrisburg Planing Mill owned by Daniel D. Boas, 1900's; a booklet describing "The House of Boas" jewelers and silversmiths, 1850-1917; a handwritten genealogy of the Boas family, undated and a letter written by Abigail Batten in Virginia to John Vanhorn, 1824.


JACOB BOAS, son of the Rev. William Boas, was born in Reading in 1786. He came to Harrisburg in 1805 and established himself in the mercantile business. He was a member of the borough council and was commissioned by Governor Snyder in 1809, prothonotary and clerk of the Quarter Sessions. He died while in office in October, 1815. He married Sarah Dick; they had five sons: William D., Jacob D., John, Augustus F., and Daniel D.

ELIZABETH BOAS, b. 1797, d. 1847, was the daughter of David and Regina (Orth) Krause and wife of Frederick Boas, b.1785, d. 1817, brother of Jacob. She had two children: Frederick Krause and Elmina, who married William Jennings.

FREDERICK KRAUSE BOAS, b. 1815, d. 1891, was a son of Frederick Boas and Elizabeth Krause Boas. He attended public schools of Harrisburg and worked as a postal clerk and later assistant postmaster. He studied law and was admitted to the Dauphin County Bar in 1837. He was a school director and served in the borough council for several years. He married Sarah C. Nolan, daughter of William Maria Nolen of Harrisburg.

DANIEL D. BOAS WAS BORN in Harrisburg in 1819, a few weeks after the death of his father Jacob Boas. His widowed mother Sarah Dick Boas moved her family to Reading and her sons all learned a trade. Daniel worked for some time in the shoe business, but later formed a partnership with O. P. Bellman in the lumber business. The business was successful and he became known for his consideration of the rights and comfort of others. He was active in the Democratic Party. He died very suddenly in an accident in which he was thrown from his carriage in May, 1878.

Date(s): 1806-1917

Extent: 2 boxes, 7 folders, 15 enclosures