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Treadwell, John White, 1785-1857
John White Treadwell (1785-1857)
0.75 linear feet (2 boxes)
This collection contains
personal papers of John White Treadwell, who resided in Salem,
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains personal papers of John White Treadwell, who resided in
Salem, Massachusetts. The collection includes personal correspondence written to his
family while at sea or visiting Washington DC; a lecture on currency; family
genealogy; and a Treadwell family Bible.
Box 1, Folder 1 includes a notebook containing letters written to his friend
Charles while on board the ship Laurel on a voyage to
India in 1803. The letters describe his impressions of St. Nicholas Island, one of
the Cape Verde Islands, and also impressions of Cape Town, South Africa. Box
1, Folder 2 contains letters to his wife Susanna (Susan) Farley Treadwell written
from the brig Success in Havana, 1810-1811, at the time
of the birth of his first child, Susan Treadwell. Treadwell found Havana "an
intolerable place… no books, no society, nothing pleasant except the climate." Box
1, Folder 3 includes a letter to his son-in-law George Nichols written while
visiting Washington DC in 1835. Treadwell notes that "great changes have been
wrought in our commercial cities" but finds Washington "the most miserable," and he
deplores the state of General Washington's home, Mount Vernon. Box 1, Folder 4 has a
letter to John White Treadwell Nichols from Austin T. White regarding the Treadwell
family bible, originally owned by Jacob Treadwell, who died in 1814, and later owned
by his son, John White Treadwell, and his great grandson, John White Treadwell
Box 1, Folder 5 contains a lecture on currency delivered by Treadwell in 1840 to
Whig Party associations in Boston, Salem, and Lowell. Box 1, Folder 6 includes a
brief genealogy of the Treadwell family. However, the papers describe another branch
of the family related to John White Treadwell only through his great grandfather
Nathaniel Treadwell (1677-1723); this branch of the family is not reproduced in the
genealogy in Appendix I - Treadwell Family Tree. Box 1, Folder 7 includes two photographs of the Treadwell
house in Salem, labeled as belonging to Susan Farley (Nichols) Treadwell. Box 1,
Folder 8 contains a poem and pressed leaf removed from the family Bible. Finally,
Box 2 houses the Treadwell family Bible, which contains inscriptions written by John
White Treadwell and Susan Farley Nichols.
John White Treadwell was a sixth generation descendant of
Thomas Treadwell, who settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts, in about 1638. He was born
in Ipswich in 1785, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth White Treadwell. He moved to
Salem, Massachusetts, early in his life, where he was a sea captain, merchant, and
later Cashier and President of the Merchants Bank in Salem. He married Susanna
Kendall Farley in 1810 (d. 1818); he married her sister, Harriet Kendall Farley, in
1819. By each wife he had six children (see Appendix I - Treadwell Family Tree). John White Treadwell died
in Salem in 1857.
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.
Treadwell, John White, 1785-1857
Treadwell, Susan Farley, 1787-1818
Cape Town (South Africa)--Description and travel
Cape Verde--Description and travel
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
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
John White Treadwell (1785-1857) Papers, MH 221, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex
Museum, Salem, Mass.
Part of this collection was donated by Susan Farley Nichols Pulsifer in 1965; the
provenance of the remaining material is unknown.
Collection processed by Lee Jacoby, October 2012.
An Account of the Commemoration, by the Essex Institute, of the Fifth Half-century of
the Landing of John Endicott in Salem. Essex Institute
Historical Collections 15 (1878), p. 304.
Rollins, William A. Thomas Treadwell of Ipswich, Mass.,
and Some of his Descendants. Boston: Press of David Clapp & Son,
The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
This collection contains personal papers of John White Treadwell, who resided in Salem, Massachusetts.
Success (Brig); Cape Town (South Africa)--Description and travel; Cape Verde--Description and travel; Havana (Cuba); Treadwell, John White, 1785-1857; Treadwell, Susan Farley, 1787-1818; Currency; Letter writing; Seafaring life; Shipping
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.