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Epes Family Papers

Epes Family Papers

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EPES FAMILY PAPERS, 1659-1793





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:Epes family
Title:Epes Family Papers
Dates:1659/1793
Quantity:1.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:This collection consists of correspondence, receipts, deeds, and other legal documents relating to the Epes family of Ipswich, Massachusetts.
Collection Number:MSS 429

Series List

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.


Biographical Sketches

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.


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.

Bigg, John
Epes, Daniel, 1595-1692
Epes, Elizabeth, 1736-1759
Epes, Lucy, 1641-1710
Epes, Samuel, 1647-1685
Epes, Samuel, 1734-1760
Epes, Symonds, 1662-1741
Norton, William
Starkweather, John
Symonds, Samuel
Wainwright, John
Deeds
Petitions
Massachusetts--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Massachusetts--Ipswich
Massachusetts--Politics and government--To 1775

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

Epes Family Papers, MSS 429, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

Most of this material was found in the collection. Some documents were donated by the heirs of Andrew Nichols in 1976. Others were removed from the Holyoke Family collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, December 2009.


Related Material


Busby, William. Epes Family of Ipswich, Salem, and Danvers. Self published.


Waters, Thomas Franklin. A History of the Old Argilla Road in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Salem, MA: The Salem Press Co. 1909.


Waters, Thomas Franklin. Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Volume I. Ipswich, MA: The Ipswich Historical Society, 1905.


Waters, Thomas Franklin. Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Volume II, A History of the Town from 1700 to 1917. Ipswich, MA: The Ipswich Historical Society, 1917.


Winthrop Family Papers, MSS 413


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