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Watkins Family Papers

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WATKINS FAMILY PAPERS, 1708-1830





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:Watkins family
Title:Watkins Family Papers
Dates:1708/1830
Quantity:0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:This collection contains manuscript papers pertaining to the Watkins family of Kittery, Maine, New Castle, New Hampshire, and Salem, Massachusetts.
Collection Number:MSS 471

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains manuscript papers pertaining to the Watkins family of Kittery, Maine, New Castle, New Hampshire, and Salem, Massachusetts. Included are personal and business correspondence, prayers, indenture and power of attorney contracts, and papers documenting the construction of tombs in Salem. Also present are papers pertaining to the Clifford, Frost, and Blunt families.


Folder 1 contains the indenture contract of John Watkins (1708-1715), a letter from his granddaughter Jane Watkins (1776), and a power of attorney to Benjamin Watkins and Nathaniel Perry. Folder 2 contains nine letters and prayers to or from family members including John Watkins, John Blunt, Dorothy (Frost) Clifford, Samuel Pote Watkins, and Samuel Pote Watkins, Jr.The papers in Folder 3 document the construction of 18 tombs and a brick wall on "the Burying Ground called the Hill" [most likely the Broad Street Cemetery] in Salem, Massachusetts, by Benjamin Watkins and his partner Jacob Sanderson. Included are agreements and contracts, costs and accounts, lists of subscribers, and suggested inscriptions for some of the tombstones.


Biographical Sketch

John Watkins (1694-1723) of Kittery, Maine, was indentured at age 14 to a merchant in Boston. In 1719 he married Dorothy Pepperell (1698-1763); they resided in New Castle, New Hampshire, and had three children. His grandson, Benjamin Watkins (1752-1828), resided in Salem, Massachusetts.With his partner Jacob Sanderson, Benjamin constructed 18 tombs and a brick wall in a graveyard in 1802. Benjamin married Ann Abraham; they had three sons, Samuel Pote, Andrew, and Benjamin. Their first son, Samuel Pote Watkins (1778-1867), resided in Philadelphia. He married Julia Ann Simmons; they had six children, including Samuel Pote Watkins, Jr. (1815-1892).


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.

Blunt, John, 1707-1748
Clifford, Dorothy (Frost), 1727-1796
Frost family
Sanderson, Jacob, 1757-1810
Watkins, Benjamin, 1752-1828
Watkins, John, 1694-1723
Watkins, Samuel Pote, 1778-1867
Burial grounds
Cemeteries
Tombs
Salem (Mass.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Request 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

Watkins Family Papers, MSS 471, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was donated by Helen M. Egan on October 10, 2006 (acc. 2006.015).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lee Jacoby, November 2013


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