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About Jared Nathan

Jared Nathan has a B.S. in Chemistry from Muhlenberg College. Before joining NEHGS, he has worked at Schering-Plough Research Institute, Merck Research Laboratories, and Forest Research Institute; he is currently employed in the biotechnology industry. Jared is an active member in the lineage society community, where he is member of 87 organizations, and holds several board positions. He has published articles in a variety of journals. Areas of Expertise: Lineage societies, pre-colonial/colonial New England, English immigrant origins, medieval ancestry.

The Boston Tea Party: An Ancestor’s Perspective

The title page of Benjamin Prescott's "Free and Calm Consideration"This year marks the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, which occurred on December 16, 1773. 92,000 pounds of tea from the British East India Company was destroyed by members of the Sons of Liberty to protest the Tea Act of May 10, 1773. The tax on tea (as well as glass, lead, paint, and paper) had already existed since the passing of the 1767 Townshend Revenue Act, but this new Act gave the British East India Company a monopoly on tea sales in the American colonies. Many Americans were upset by these policies and the taxes imposed by Britain without their representation in Parliament, resulting in the Revolutionary phrase “no taxation without representation.”

There is a new lineage society for descendants of participants in the Boston Tea Party, their families, and those involved in the making of colonial rebellion in Boston, created by American Ancestors in partnership with the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Although I knew I had no ancestors living in Boston at the time of the Tea Party, I began searching for ancestors living near Boston at the time who might meet one of the eligibility requirements.

I was able to access an obituary of one of my ancestors using the Early American Newspapers database from Readex, which is available to search for American Ancestors members. From this, I began to learn much more of his involvement and contributions during the beginnings of the American Revolution. Continue reading The Boston Tea Party: An Ancestor’s Perspective