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Knapp, Joseph Jenkins, 1805-1883
Joseph Jenkins Knapp (1805-1883)
0.25 linear feet (1 box)
The Joseph Jenkins Knapp Papers consist of shipping papers and correspondence for this Newburyport, Massachusetts merchant and ship owner.
SERIES I. Shipping Papers SERIES II. Personal Papers
Scope and Content Note
The The Joseph Jenkins Knapp Papers consist of shipping papers and correspondence for this Newburyport, Massachusetts merchant and ship owner and are divided into two series.
Series I. Shipping Papers consist of receipts, bills,
invoices, bonds, lists of ship stores, and instruments of protest. The bulk of the
shipping papers relate to the brig Lady Washington and
the ship Kingfisher. Miscellaneous shipping papers
incorporate receipts and interest payments for unidentified ships.
Series II. Personal Papers is comprised of letters
addressed to Knapp by several of his captains, as well as letters to and from family
members. Miscellaneous family papers include an account book for the years 1862-63
by an unknown author and a copy of a farm plan (1895), the original dating from
1778, as well as a probate record from 1922.
Joseph Jenkins Knapp (1805-1883) was the son of Anthony
and Betsy (Cook) Knapp. A merchant of Newburyport, Massachusetts, he owned a number
of ships, including the brig Lady Washington, the ship
Kingfisher, and the ship Merrimac. His ships traveled to Paris, Liverpool, Canada, and
In addition to his mercantile activities, Knapp served as secretary of the
Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Newburyport for forty years. He married Mary Pierce
(1806-1877) in 1828. They had six children.
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Lady Washington (Brig)
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
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