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Dabney Family Papers

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DABNEY FAMILY PAPERS, 1837-2005





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:Dabney family
Title:Dabney Family Papers
Dates:1837/2005
Quantity:3 linear feet (3 boxes)
Abstract:The bulk of this collection contains journals and family manuscripts pertaining to Charles W. Dabney, John Bass Dabney and William H. Dabney, all of whom were vice counsels or counsels for the United States Department of State in the nineteenth century.
Collection Number:MSS 443

Series List

SERIES I. Personal Papers
A. Charles W. Dabney
B. John Bass Dabney
C. William H. Dabney
SERIES II. Alabama (Steamship) versus Kearsarge (Steamship)
SERIES III. Family Genealogy
A. José Maria de Avelar Brotero
B. Bass Family
C. Dabney Family
D. Hickling Family
E. Wyllys and Pomeroy Families

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of this collection contains journals and family manuscripts pertaining to Charles W. Dabney, John Bass Dabney and William H. Dabney, all of whom were vice counsels or counsels for the United States Department of State in the nineteenth century. Included with this collection are articles and postcards detailing the battle between the Alabama and Kearsarge. These two ships were in East Atlantic Ocean, particularly near the Azores, during the consul tenure of Charles W. Dabney. The collection contains extensive secondary source research into the Dabney Family of Fayal, Azores. The papers have been organized into three series. Series I. Personal Papers is broken into sub-series, which are arranged according to the person and then by date. Series II. Alabama (Steamship) versus Kearsarge (Steamship) is not subdivided. Series III. Family Genealogy is subdivided according to family.


Biographical Sketches

John Bass Dabney (1766-1826) was born in Boston and spent much of his childhood in Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island. John married Roxa Lewis (1772-1845) in 1792 and the couple had eleven children. John went to France in 1794 to establish a shipping business and was appointed Counsel General for the United States at the Western Islands (Azores) in 1806.


Charles W. Dabney (1794-1871) was born in Alexandria, Virginia, the eldest son of John Bass Dabney and Roxa Lewis Dabney. He spent his childhood in Virginia, France and then Fayal, Azores. Charles became Vice Counsel of the Western Islands (Azores) and then Counsel upon his father's death. Charles married Frances Alsop Pomeroy (1797-1862) and the couple had seven children. Charles, in addition to maintaining the position of Counsel General until his death, expanded his father's shipping business to include whaling.


William H. Dabney (1817-1888) was the youngest son of John Bass Dabney and Roxa Lewis Dabney. William was educated in Massachusetts and married Mary Ann Parker (1827-1879). The couple had three children. William was the United States Vice Counsel in Terceira, Azores from 1845 to 1848 and the Counsel General in Tenerife, Canary Islands from 1853 to 1882.


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.

Dabney family
Dabney, Charles W.
Dabney, John Bass, 1766-1826
Dabney, William H. (William Henry), 1817-1888
Alabama (Steamship)
Azor (Bark)
General Armstrong (Schooner)
Kearsarge (Steamship)
Biography
Diaries
Shipping
Whaling
Faial Island (Azores)
Horta (Azores)
Photographs

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

Dabney Family Papers, MSS 443, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was donated by Sally Dabney Parker on October 14, 2009.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Amanda M. Martinson, April 2010.


Related Material

Bibliography

Joseph C. Abdo, On the Edge of History: The Story of the Dabney Family on the Island of Faial in the Azores Archipelago, Lisbon, Portugal: Tenth Island Editions, 2005.


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