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Edward B. Thompson Family Papers

Edward B. Thompson Family Papers

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EDWARD B. THOMPSON FAMILY PAPERS, 1844-1948





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Thompson, Edward Bowen, 1822-1897
Title:Edward B. Thompson Family Papers
Dates:1844/1948
Quantity:0.75 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:This collection contains papers, photographs, jewelry, and ephemera associated with Captain Edward Bowen Thompson of Marblehead, Massachusetts, and his descendants.
Collection Number:MSS 655

Series List


SERIES I. Edward B. Thompson
SERIES II. Thompson Family

Scope and Content Note


This collection contains papers, photographs, jewelry, and ephemera associated with Captain Edward Bowen Thompson of Marblehead, Massachusetts, and his descendants. Captain Thompson was a lifelong member of the Marblehead fishing fleet. The papers include correspondence, business and legal papers, accounts and receipts, account books, insurance policies, shipping papers, photographs, and news clippings. Other items include photographs, a mourning brooch and bracelet, and a tin passport holder belonging to Captain Thompson.


Series I. Edward B. Thompson contains items directly associated with Captain Thompson. Included is correspondence from Thompson to his wife, business and legal papers, accounts and receipts, tax receipts, and shipping papers pertaining to the schooners Emeline M. Russell, Frank, Oceana, Lizzie B. Knight, Amy Knight, and Whip. Also present are account books, a daguerreotype of Thompson, and news clippings from the Salem Evening News describing Captain Thompson's life. Of particular interest is a tin passport holder which originally held Thompson's seaman's passport, now located in Box 1 Folder 2.


Series II. Thompson Family contains items pertaining to Edward Thompson's wife Elizabeth, daughter Elizabeth, son Edward, and granddaughter Dora. The papers include accounts and receipts, funeral and estate papers, and insurance policies. Also present are many photographs, a tintype, memorabilia from the First Church of Christ in Marblehead, and a news clipping about the Thompson-Knight house. Of particular interest are the mourning brooch and bracelet belonging to Thompson's wife Elizabeth.


Biographical Sketch


Edward Bowen Thompson was born on August 19, 1822, in Marblehead, Massachusetts, the son of Samuel and Sarah (Bowen) Thompson. He was a member of the Marblehead fishing fleet for 45 years. He survived the great gale on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland in 1846, and his experiences were quoted in Samuel Roads' The History and Traditionsof Marblehead. He married Elizabeth Ashton Perry in 1848, and they had two children: Elizabeth and Edward. Captain Thompson died in Marblehead on August 21, 1897.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Thompson, Edward Bowen, 1822-1897
Thompson, Elizabeth A. Perry, 1826-1910
Amy Knight (Schooner)
Emeline M. Russell (Schooner)
First Church of Christ (Marblehead, Mass.)
Frank (Schooner)
Lizzie B. Knight (Schooner)
Oceana (Schooner)
Whip (Schooner)
Fishing
Ship's papers
Marblehead (Mass.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Edward B. Thompson Family Papers, MSS 655, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was purchased on March 14, 2013 (acc. #2013.008).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lee Jacoby, June 2017.


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