Chamberlain, Alexander Jr.

honorific(s): Mr.

Possibly Anglo-American


Possibly a Sail Maker

  • Boston

Alexander Chamberlain was a member of Wheelock's Boston support staff. He worked with Moses Peck to process Wheelock's finances. There was an Alexander Chamberlain in eighteenth-century Boston who was a sail maker and prominent member of the Old North Church. This identification would explain the Peck connection, as Peck was also a Boston merchant. However, there is little information on this sail maker and it is impossible to confirm that the two are the same man. This sail maker did have a son whom he named Alexander (b. 1754) which suggests that Alexander may have been a standard family name, and that the sail maker himself could have been a "junior." The paucity of genealogical evidence about Alexander Chamberlain does suggest that it was not an especially common name combination in eighteenth-century Boston and supports associating him with Wheelock's Chamberlain.


Babcock, Mary Kent Davey. Christ Church, Salem Street, Boston: The Old North Church of Paul Revere fame : historical sketches, Colonial period, 1723-1775. T. Todd 1947. Accessed via GoogleBooks. Boston Evening Post. “Servant Named George CLARKE Runs Away From His Master, Alexander CHAMBERLAIN.” February 22 1742. Accessed 8/26/2013.