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Marblehead, Massachusetts Town Records

Marblehead, Massachusetts Town Records

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MARBLEHEAD, MASSACHUSETTS TOWN RECORDS, 1641-1919, undated





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
Title:Marblehead, Massachusetts Town Records
Dates:1641/1919, undated
Quantity:7 linear feet (11 boxes)
Abstract:The collection is divided into four series.
Collection Number:EC 18

Series List

SERIES I. Town and County Records
SERIES II. Church Records
SERIES III. Wharf and Port Records
SERIES IV. Miscellaneous Records

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of town and county records, church records for the Old and New Meeting House, wharf and port records, maps, deeds, and plans and is divided into four series.


Series I. Town and County Records is divided into five subseries: Financial Records, Henry H. Buck Records, Legal Documents, Maps and Town Records. The collection is arranged chronologically within the subseries. The Henry H. Buck Records are mostly comprised of abstracts and handwritten copies of older records created by Henry H. Buck, an attorney in Marblehead during the twentieth century. The remainder of his records is correspondence between him and various clients


Series II. Church Records is divided into three subseries comprised of Baptismal and Burial Records, Correspondence, and Meeting House Records. The material contained in the Meeting House Records represents the Old and New Meeting House. The records contained in Church Records are arranged chronologically within the subseries.


Series III. Wharf and Port Records is divided into four subseries: Legal Documents, Sailor's Records, Ship Logs, and Wharf Records in Marblehead. The subseries of Wharf Records in Marblehead is a collection of papers from the wharves Atkins, B.Y.C (Bayview Yacht Club), Dixie, Hooper, Quiner, Reed, Rockmere, Stearn, Tucker, Turner, and Wainwright and contain handwritten copies. Document types include meeting notes, blueprints, mortgages, deeds, financial documents, legal documents, wills, and maps.


Series V. Miscellaneous Records is comprised of records that are labeled at the item level and are arranged alphabetically by item name.


Historical Sketch

The town of Marblehead, originally called Massebequash, was first inhabited by the Naumkeag Tribe, belonging to the Algonquin Nation, led by "Great Sachem" Nanepashemet. Other than being called Marblehead, the town has also been known as Foy, Marble Harbor and Marvill Head. The first non-Native American settlers were British subjects, who came from Salem in the early 1600's. In 1615, however, a smallpox epidemic lasting four years wiped out between eighty- to ninety percent of the Naumkeag tribe. On December 12, 1648, Marblehead secured its independence from Salem and on September 16, 1684, the town was able to purchase the land from the Naumkeags for sixteen pounds.


Marblehead soon began to prosper as a fishing port and by 1837 the local fleet consisted of ninety-eight fishing vessels, with ninety-five of these weighing over fifty tons. On September 19, 1846, however, a massive storm took Marblehead fishing ships by surprise, destroying at least eleven vessels. This storm marked the decline of the fishing industry in Marblehead. Today, Marblehead is known as the "Yachting Capital of the World," due to its participation in local and international races as well as its displays of various sailing crafts.


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.

Buck, Henry H.
Lattamore, Christopher
Pitt, William
Sons of Temperance (Marblehead, Mass.)
St. Michael's Church (Marblehead, Mass.)
Wharves
Essex County (Mass.)
Fort Sewall
Marblehead (Mass.)
Marblehead (Mass.)--Administrative and political divisions--Maps
Marblehead (Mass.)--Church history
Marblehead (Mass.)--History
Marblehead (Mass.)--History--Societies, etc.
Marblehead (Mass.)--Social life and customs

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

Marblehead, Massachusetts Town Records, EC 18, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The Town of Marblehead records were acquired through donations from Dr. Frederick. L. Gay (1919), C.E. Goodspeed (1921), Chas H. Taylor (1921), and Zulette Potter (1960).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Samantha Fagan, April 2011.


Related Material

Town of Marblehead, Massachusetts (2011). Retrieved from http://www.marblehead.org/


Essex County (Mass.) Poor Collection (1712-1791), Fam. Mss. 295a


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