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Epes Family Papers
1.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
This collection consists of
correspondence, receipts, deeds, and other legal documents relating to the Epes
family of Ipswich, Massachusetts.
SERIES I. Daniel Epes (1595-1692) SERIES II. Samuel Epes (1647-1685) SERIES III. Symonds Epes (1662-1741) SERIES IV. Lucy Epes (1641-1710) SERIES V. Samuel Epes (1734-1760) SERIES VI. Elizabeth Epes (1736-1759) SERIES VII. John Wainwright SERIES VIII. Other Creators
Scope and Content Note
This collection consists of correspondence, receipts, deeds, and other legal
documents relating to the Epes family of Ipswich, Massachusetts.
Some letters in the collection are dated with more than one year. These letters
were dated using the Julian calendar, not the Gregorian calendar in use today.
During most of America's colonial period, March 25 was the first day of the new
year. In 1750, for example, the year ended on 24 March 1750; the following day was
25 March 1751. In that time period, New Englanders were still considered part of
Great Britain, which continued to use the Julian calendar until September 1752.
Daniel Epes (1622 -1692) was born in England to Daniel
Epes of Kent and Martha Read of Essex. He came to Ipswich, Massachusetts from Kent
with his mother after the death of his father. His mother later married Samuel
Symonds. In 1646 Epes married Elizabeth Symonds, his step sister. They had eleven
children. Elizabeth died in 1685; Daniel then married Lucy Woodbridge, daughter of
John Woodbridge and the widow of Rev. Simon Bradstreet. Daniel died in 1692.
Samuel Epes (1647-1685) was the son of Daniel Epes
and Elizabeth Symonds Epes and the brother of Symonds Epes. He graduated from
Harvard College in 1669.
Symonds Epes (1662-1741) was the son of Daniel Epes
and Elizabeth Symonds Epes. He was a colonel of a military regiment, a Justice of
the General Sessions Court, and a member of the Governor's Council from 1724 to
1734. When he was 54 years old, he married Mary Whipple, age 16, and they had two
children, Samuel (1734-1760) and Elizabeth (1736-1759). After his death, his widow,
Mary, married Edward Holyoke, the President of Harvard College.
Lucy Woodbridge Epes (1641-1710) was the daughter of
John Woodbridge and the widow of Reverend Simon Bradstreet before she married Daniel
Epes in 1685.
Samuel Epes (1734-1760) was the son of Symonds Epes
and Mary Whipple. He graduated from Harvard College at the age of seventeen, was
elected a Representative at age 25, and was commander of the Third Foot Company of
militia in Ipswich, holding the rank of Major. He died of consumption in Cambridge
in July 1760, after a lingering sickness. The year before he died he sold the
ancestral estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts, which had been in the possession of the
Epes family for three generations, to John Patch III.
Elizabeth Epes (1736-1759) was the daughter of
Symonds Epes and Mary Whipple. She married Edward Eveleth.
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.
Epes, Daniel, 1595-1692
Epes, Elizabeth, 1736-1759
Epes, Lucy, 1641-1710
Epes, Samuel, 1647-1685
Epes, Samuel, 1734-1760
Epes, Symonds, 1662-1741
Massachusetts--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Massachusetts--Politics and government--To 1775
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