Nathaniel Cushing Anchorsmith 1795 Pembroke/Hanover Mass

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I am researching the history of Barstow Forge in Hanover MA in the 1790's when Mr. Cushing was part owner. He lived on Liberty St. Pembroke, now Hanson. I am specifically looking for paperwork or documents connecting him to the manufacture of the anchors for the USS Constitution made in the Charlestown Navy Yard c.1797. I have exhausted my search on the internet and am now hoping for something to turn up from the private community, the smoking gun.
WikiTree profile: Nathaniel Cushing
in Genealogy Help by Joseph Grecco G2G Rookie (250 points)

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Contact the " Hanson Historical Society / ' Vital Records of Hanson, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 " they may be of help.

https://hansonhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com/

Hope this helps.
by David Selman G2G6 Pilot (797k points)
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Hi, I just recently linked my "southern Cushing" line to Nathaniel and have adopted several profiles.  The Find A Grave listing for Nathanial has information about the Barstow Forge and anchors.  There is also a book referenced that I haven't had a chance to check out.  I would be interested to find out about this myself.  Cherry
by Cherry Duve G2G6 Mach 3 (31.6k points)
I have done extensive research on the USS Constitution and where the anchors to the frigate were cast. It is generally accepted that they were made in Hanover Mass. and conjecture and legend point to the Curtis Forge on Elm Street at the Pembroke/Hanover line. There is a prominent plaque on the bridge commemorating this. My research indicates that Nathaniel Cushing, because of his connection to the Barstow Forge on State Street at the Hanover/Hanson town line, was most probably contracted to make the anchors for the Constitution. There is one historical document alluding to this event, re: the Christmas eve document requesting anchors for the frigate in Boston. The Constitution was the only frigate being constructed in Boston during this time frame. Complicating this research  was the fact that there was a fire in the War Dept. which destroyed all records and contracts concerning the Constitution. I presented a program to the Hanover Historical Society in 2013 with my findings and hopefully someday Nathaniel Cushing and the Barstows Forge location will receive recognition for producing the anchors for the USS Constitution.
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I found that Winterthur library has original letters and documents of Nathaniel that are available for a small copy price.  I found a list on a website that describes the documents.  Also there is a War Department website with letters mentioning him and anchors being purchased.  If you need more details to find them, let me know.  I think my Isaac Cushing was his brother, but am struggling to find proof.  Cherry
by Cherry Duve G2G6 Mach 3 (31.6k points)

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