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Silas Daggett's tavern, Holmes Hole, MA
Posted by: Chris Baer Date: July 04, 2001 at 04:34:27
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I'm seeking info on Silas Daggett (1757-1825?) and the tavern he kept during 1798-1804 on Main Street, Holmes Hole (now Vineyard Haven), Tisbury, MA.

According to old notes recorded shortly in the 1880s, "Smith's Tavern" was "One of the oldest historical houses. Erected previous to revolution, probably about 1750, by Silas Daggett, and kept by him as a tavern."

Histrorian Charles Banks also lists Capt. Silas Daggett (1757-1825) as the first proprietor of this tavern, but it is evident from his birth date that he could not have built this structure in 1750. Capt. Daggett was a licensed inn-holder during 1798-1804. He was the son of carpenter Seth Daggett and Elizabeth West of Tisbury, and the husband of Deborah Butler (1759-?) According to Banks, Capt. Daggett moved to Industry, Maine about 1806 "and was a resident there for some years, acting as town clerk in 1809."

Is anyone familiar with any more of Silas' story?

CB



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