Court summons form of William Nichols, Marshal to Enoch Hobert to served as Grand Juryman at the U.S. District Court at Morristown, New Jersey. September 16, 1799. Ernest Hobert was mariner and a charter member of The Society for the Relief of the Poor and Distressed Masters of Ships, their Widows and Children (1765-1812). It was known as the Sea Captains Club and was one of Philadelphia's most selective organizations and was limited to commanders of ships. They would not accept Tories into their membership as they were supporters of the American Revolution. Besides shipwrecks, any death of a ship's master was examined to provide the impoverished surviving widow or child aid. The document measures approximately 8" x 2 3/4". He is also found in the Pennsylvania Will Index with a will on April 21, 1755 which was authenticated (proved) September 9, 1782. Here 17 years later he is chosen as a Grand Juryman.
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