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Joshua Burnham (1736-1791) was a shipmaster of Ipswich, Massachusetts Joshua and wife Eunice had four children: Caleb (b.1771), Joshua (b.1763), Sukey (b.1779), and Betsey (b.1776).
Burnham specialized in trade with Virginia and the West Indies. From 1761 to 1790, he mastered at least 12 vessels for prominent Massachusetts merchants such as Ezekiel Woodward Jr., Daniel Rogers, and John Choate. He also served as a trade agent, bartering for goods with small local merchants in Virginia and Maryland.
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