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Joseph Perkins (b. circa 1785) Papers

Joseph Perkins (b. circa 1785) Papers

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JOSEPH PERKINS (b. circa 1785) PAPERS, 1802-1852





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:Perkins, Joseph, b. circa 1785
Title:Joseph Perkins (b. circa 1785) Papers
Dates:1802/1852
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:This collection contains papers related to ships associated with Captain Joseph Perkins as well as business papers.
Collection Number:MH 184

Series List

SERIES I. Ships' Papers
SERIES II. Business Papers and Contracts

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains papers related to ships associated with Captain Joseph Perkins as well as business papers.


Series I. Ships' Papers includes bills of sale, contracts, letters, and records pertaining to seven different vessels including two privateers. Contracts include a power of attorney granted to Captain Joseph Perkins, and a commission for the privateer Montgomery granted by President James Madison. Material is arranged alphabetically by ship name.


Series II. Business Papers and Contracts includes bills and receipts, letters, forms, contracts, and business papers relating to Joseph Perkins' activities as a captain and a businessman. Also included are forms and circulars pertaining to the Baker Island Lighthouse, and contracts, one of which is a contract for an indentured apprentice. The business papers are varied in nature including appointment of an agent for subscribers to Pilot Boat, a petition from citizens of Salem, and a summons for John Allen. Papers are arranged chronologically.


Biographical Sketch

Joseph Perkins, born in 1785 in Maine, was a master mariner from Salem, Massachusetts. Perkins was master of several ships, including the ship Arrogante and was part owner of the schooner Betsy. Perkins was appointed pilot for Salem Harbor in 1813; at one time he was also keeper of the Baker Island Lighthouse. He piloted into Salem Harbor the frigate Constitution when it escaped the British fleet in 1814. He married Elizabeth Hunt (d. 1835) and had four children, Joseph (born 1810), Nathaniel Brown (born 1813), William (born 1823), and Caroline. His death date is unknown.


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.

Allen, John
Perkins, Joseph
Perkins, Nathaniel B.
Stickney, Richard
Alexander (Privateer)
Arrogante (Ship)
Baker Island Lighthouse (Me.)
Bellona (Schooner)
Betsey (Schooner)
General Warren (Schooner)
Montogomery (Privateer)
Sally Ann (Brig)
Inventories
Privateering
Shipping
Salem (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

Joseph Perkins (b. circa 1785) Papers, MH 184, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was donated by E. Victor Emilio (acc #11,316).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Laina Finney, May, 2012.


Related Material

Cutter, William Richard. Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Volume 2. Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1908. 1040-1041.


Nathaniel B. Perkins Papers (1830-1867), MH 185


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