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Porter Family Papers

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PORTER FAMILY PAPERS, 1773-1874





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:Porter family
Title:Porter Family Papers
Dates:1773/1874
Quantity:0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Porter family papers document business and personal relationships among Porter family members of Danvers, Massachusetts.
Collection Number:MSS 460

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Scope and Content Note

The Porter family papers document business and personal relationships among Porter family members of Danvers, Massachusetts. The Porters were pioneers in the shoe making industry. The collection includes correspondence, legal documents, and several hundred accounts and receipts documenting the early daysof the shoe manufacturing industry in Danvers, Massachusetts.


Folders 1-6 contain correspondence of Porter family members. They include letters to Zerubbabel (1759-1845), Sarah (1763-1835), Col. Warren (1789-1861), and Jonathan (1763-1851), and letters from Col. Warren. Most letters deal with business or financial matters. Folder 8 contains 18 legal documents pertaining to several Porters, including Benjamin (1725-1810), Joseph (1740-1805), Zerubbabel (1759-1845), Lydia (1762-1838), Sarah (1763-1835). Benjamin (1766-1854), Daniel (1771-1852), Jonathan (1763-1851), William (b. 1782), Col. Warren (1789-1861), Alfred (1792-1826), and Moses (1794-1858). The documents include deeds, powers of attorney, wills, and court summons.


Folders 9 and 14 contain approximately 500 accounts, invoices, receipts, and agreements. Most pertain to Zerubbabel Porter and provide a detailed account of his shoe manufacturing business. Later accounts (after about 1815) belong to Warren Porter, Jonathan Porter, or Sarah Porter.


Biographical Sketches

The Porter family was descended from John Porter (1596-1676), who settled in Salem, now Danvers, Massachusetts, in 1644. Zerubbabel Porter was a sixth generation descendant of John Porter. He was born in Danvers in 1759, the son of Benjamin and Sarah (Rea) Porter. He wasthe first shoe manufacturer in Danvers and the first to conceive the idea of making up a large lot of shoes and sending them off to find a market. He and his wife Mary (Endicott) Porter had two sons: Warren and Alfred. Zerrubbabel Porter died on November 11, 1845.


Colonel Warren Porter was born on September 30, 1789, the son of Zerubbabel and Mary Porter. He was a Lieutenant in the war of 1812 and after the war he was a Lieutenant Colonel. He was active in the shoe industry as a tanner and Morocco dresser. He and his wife, Ann (Welch) Porter, had six children – Mary, Alfred, Warren Jr., Matilda, John Welch, and Charles. Colonel Warren Porter died on July 20, 1861.


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.

Porter, Benjamin, 1725-1810
Porter, Sarah, 1763-1835
Porter, Warren, 1789-1861
Porter, Zerubbabel, 1759-1845
Shoe industry--Massachusetts--Danvers
Shoemakers
Tanneries
Massachusetts--Danvers

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

Porter Family Papers, MSS 460, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was purchased in 2012 (acc # 2012.039).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lee Jacoby, January 2013.


Related Material

Alfred Porter Putnam Papers, Fam. Mss. 803


Endicott, Mary. Diary, 1816-1871, in Endicott Family Papers, MSS 159


Moses Porter Papers, Fam. Mss. 782


Warren Porter Papers, MSS 461


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