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Perkins, Joseph, b. circa 1785
Joseph Perkins (b. circa 1785)
0.25 linear feet (1 box)
This collection contains papers
related to ships associated with Captain Joseph Perkins as well as business
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.
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.
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.
Perkins, Nathaniel B.
Baker Island Lighthouse (Me.)
General Warren (Schooner)
Sally Ann (Brig)
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
Joseph Perkins (b. circa 1785) Papers, MH 184, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex
Museum, Salem, Mass.
This material was donated by E. Victor Emilio (acc #11,316).
Collection processed by Laina Finney, May, 2012.
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.