Thursday, April 28, 2011

Update on Solomon Joseph Hartley

I was able to round out Solomon Hartley's life in Philadelphia quite a bit more recently when I discovered a truly wonderful site, The Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network. Be still my heart.

"The purpose of the Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network is to gather geographic materials useful for the study of historic Philadelphia and its region.
This site contains thousands of old maps, property atlases, city directories, industrial site surveys, and other items documenting the history and development of the city from the 1600s through today."

City directories, linked from archive.org!  Yes!  I had been looking for those city directories for a year and didn't realize they were on archive.org.  Now I could track him over time, and he was there indeed.

1807 Hartly Solomon, rigger, Emlen's court

1808 Hartly Solomon, rigger, Emlen's court

1810 Soloman Hartley rigger 43 Coates'

(1810 Federal Census shows him in the Northern Liberties, Philadelphia area, which is where these addresses are)

1811 Soloman Hartley rigger 43 Coates'

(no 1812 city directory available from the site)

1813 Hartley Solomon rigger 49 Browne

1814 Hartley Solomon, mariner back 49 Browne
 
 
What is especially interesting to me is George Hartley who also appears in the city directories.  I have a working theory that the George Hartley whose 1794 Seamans Protection Certificate I found was a relative, possibly father or brother of Solomon, due to proximity, profession, and Polish background.  I'm starting to veer more toward the George Hartley in the city directories is most likely an older brother of Solomon.  Here are his listings:
 
1798 Hartley George, mariner, Duke st

1799 Hartley George, rigger, Duke st

1800 Hartley George, rigger Duke st

(1800 Federal Census has Geog Hartley in the Northern Liberties (East), Philadelphia area, which is where these addresses are, and household is 1 male under 10, 1 man 16-25 (Solomon??), 1 man 26-44, 1 girl under 10, 1 girl 10-15, 1 woman 26-44)

1802 Hartley George, rigger, Noble above Front & Steinmetz wharf

1803 Hartley George, rigger, Noble above Front & Steinmetz wharf

1804 Hartley George, rigger, Noble above Front & North wharves near Callowhill

1805 Hartley George, rigger, Noble above Front & North wharves near Callowhill

1806 Hartley George, rigger, Noble above Front & North wharves near Callowhill

1807 Hartley George, rigger, Noble above Front & North wharves near Callowhill

1808 Hartley George, rigger, Noble above Front & North wharves near Callowhill

1809 Hartley George, rigger, Noble above Front & North wharves near Callowhill

1810 Hartley George, rigger Warder's wharf & 16 Noble

(Can't find in 1810 Census)

1811 Hartley George, rigger Warder's wharf & 16 Noble

1812 not available on the site, or possible wasn't done that year?

1813 Hartley George, rigger Bright's wharf and 16 Noble

1814 Hartley George, rigger Bright's wharf ad corner Key's alley and Second

1815 not available or wasn't done??

1816 Hartley George, rigger Bright's wharf

1817 Hartley George, rigger Bright's wharf



I don't find any more on George Hartley. He would possibly be about 51 or so in 1817.


According to our family stories, Solomon had a brother William, but nothing else is known other than that he was in either Philadelphia or Camden, NJ in 1815 (most likely for his brother Solomon's funeral?).  I did find one possibility for him in 1797:

1797  Hartley Wm. mariner, south fourth, between Plumb and Shippen st.


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