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By the close of the 18th Century, as other men of color and poor White joined the whaling workforce, they, too, were caught up in a similar economic bind. As a consequence, in , ninety-nine leading men of Nantucket, including a particularly large number of Quakers or those who came from established Quaker families on Nantucket 6 sent a petition to the Massachusetts General Court to address the rights of "the illiterate and ignorant Whites, the free Black men and also the Native Indians.

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Skip to main content. The Nantucket Petition The meteoric rise of whale fishing in 18th Century Quaker Nantucket, Massachusetts provided the Island with its driving economy. The petition failed to advance through the legislative process. Starbuck, History of the American Whale Fishery, You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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But she actually painted two portraits of Quary. Hermine Dassel had three children Bernhard, Angelea, and Herman. Throughout our research, we could not find any evidence that Wilhelm Dassel was a physician, in the census he is listed as a teacher and she is listed as an artist. Hermine Dassel died suddenly on December 7th, Frances Ruley Karttunen writes in an article for Yesterdayisland.

Dassel takes up a room at the Atheneum where Mitchell is still working as a librarian.

Karttunen continues to write that Abram Quary and Dorcas Honorable were in fact not the last two Indians in Nantucket, but instead most likely the last two full blooded Indians on the island. Dorcas Honorable often gets confused with Dorcas Mingo, another Nantucket Indian woman, who had a granddaughter named Isabella Draper, who was born around Karttunen suggests that the little girl in the painting is an eleven-year-old Isabella Draper, who Dassel because of her interest in Nantucket Indians could have probably met during this time. She has not tried to make a portrait, but a very pretty picture.

Although we have not found any evidence in our research to support that Isabella was a servant to Dassel, it is very likely that they could have met. Isabella Draper goes on to marry Civil War Veteran Hiram Reed, the two have no children and Isabella dies in , a year before the painting is donated to us. Accessed August 01, Yesterdays Island, Todays Nantucket.


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