Historic, but not famous

Martha Carrick, wholesaler

Martha Carrick, wholesaler. Martha started as a general merchant in the early years of British New York. She along with many other female merchants generally sold dry goods and millinery (household goods and clothes). Many of the female shop owners were widows of sea captains and merchants. Ms. Carrick was so successful that she moved in a “store” and became a wholesaler of goods. One of the most successful early female entrepreneurs in the early city.

She was not the only successful woman merchant in the 1750s and 60s, Frances Willet had a shop on Wall street that sold sugar and rum she brought in from the West Indies on 2 ships she owned.

Jean Zimmerman has written the book: The Women of the House: How a Colonial She-Merchant Built a Mansion, a Fortune, and a Dynasty on Margaret Hardenbroeck Philipse, also a woman merchant.

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