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Pedrick Family Papers
0.25 linear feet (1 box)
The Pedrick Family Papers
include letters and other papers relating to John C. Pedrick, 3rd (1773-1853) and
his son John Carder Pedrick (1804- ), plus photographs and other genealogical
information about the Fettyplace and Pedrick families.
Scope and Content Note
The Pedrick Family Papers include letters and other papers
relating to John C. Pedrick, 3rd (1773-1853) and his son John Carder Pedrick
(1804- ), plus photographs and other genealogical information about the Fettyplace
and Pedrick families. Also included are papers concerning Samuel Burche, related to
the Pedricks by marriage, and his attempt to recover a Revolutionary War claim on
behalf of heirs of General Baron deKalb.
Folder 1 consists of an incomplete autobiography written by John C. Pedrick,
3rd shortly before his death at 80 years of age in 1853. Both the original
manuscript (39 pages total; pages 1 and 2 missing)) and a typewritten transcript are
present. Early pages refer to his uncle John Pedrick (1733-1780), a prominent
merchant whose house still stands on Washington Street in Marblehead, and other
relatives including Dr. Elisha Story and Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story. There
is a detailed description of the cod and mackerel fishery in Pedrick's youth, an
industry that declined sharply after the Revolution. Pedrick started shipping fish
to Europe as a young man and he described in detail how the fish were caught, dried
and shipped to Europe or the West Indies. He enjoyed an extended romance with "Miss
F" (Elizabeth Fettyplace) and married her in 1803 after recovering from a long
illness, presumably consumption.
Folder 2 contains 22 letters from Henry K. Fettyplace written in 1806 to his
brother-in-law John C. Pedrick, 3rd or to Pedrick's business associates, Captain
Nicholas Bartlett and Jesse Blanchard. Fettyplace accompanied a shipment of fish and
cocoa from Marblehead to Spain and France in 1806, shortly before the Embargo Act in
1807 led to the removal of American shipping from the seas. The cargo was sold in
Bilboa, Spain, and cognac and dry goods such as gloves, hose, and lace were
purchased in France for the return voyage. The letters contain detailed information
about trade of a variety of goods including sugar, fish, fish oil, cocoa, cognac
brandy, hides, spices, and dry goods in different European markets. There is
frequent mention of Marblehead vessels and captains engaged in the Europe trade, as
well as concern on Fettyplace's part for not having generated greater profits for
his Marblehead sponsors. Also included in Folder 2 is a promissory note (1818) due
Pedrick and one letter (1820) to Pedrick from Edward Fettyplace describing the
recent death of Edward's brother Henry Fettyplace.
Folder 3 includes approximately 60 letters and other documents belonging to
John C. Pedrick, 3rd written between 1831 and his death in 1853. Most of the letters
portray a merchant struggling to collect outstanding debts, particularly loans made
to relatives. There were prolonged negotiations with William Fettyplace's estate
ending in 1843, and others with nephew Stacy Courtis through at least 1849.
Relatively few of the letters shed light on Pedrick's family or his years as an
agent in Rio Grande, Brazil, or other ports in South America. But Pedrick's last
letters, written to his son and daughter in 1851-1852 as Pedrick approached his 80th
birthday, were more personal and reveal a healthy, independent man. A major interest
in his later years was genealogy, and Pedrick researched the arrival of Martins,
Curtisses, Carders, and Pedricks to America. The documents in Folder 3 also include
remarks made by Pedrick when he was terminally ill, and papers concerning his death
on July 15, 1853.
Folder 4 includes approximately 20 letters and documents belonging to John
Carder Pedrick, eldest son of John C. Pedrick, 3rd. There is a detailed statement of
Pedrick's business assets and land holdings in 1855, and several of the other
letters pertain to his business transactions, including an outstanding claim in
Somerville, Tennessee, finally settled in 1869. In one letter from 1861, Pedrick is
recommended for a position in the United States Army due to "his large commercial
experience", with further explanation that he was recently discharged from the
government for reporting frauds that had been perpetuated on the government. In
another letter (1863) he is commended as having produced "a superior article of
Folder 5 contains miscellaneous documents and photographs concerning the
Pedrick family. Three documents pertain to Richard Pedrick, Jr. (1742-1814), John C.
Pedrick, 3rd's father. One lists cargo sold in Bilboa, Spain, on Richard's second
voyage on the ship Fox,
one lists accounts payable to Richard on that voyage, and the third concerns
inheritance of lands in Essex County following Richard's death in 1814. Two
documents (1888, 1898) concern family property on Washington Street, Marblehead, and
one (1918) refers to a print formerly owned by Mehitabel (Pedrick) Story. There are
five photographs of Major John Pedrick's house on Washington Street, Marblehead,
partial pedigrees of the Pedrick family, a comprehensive list of seventeenth and
eighteenth century Pedrick marriages, eight pages of tracings of a 1700 map of
Marblehead, and a list of all Pedrick family appearances in the Marblehead town
records from 1795 through 1829. Of note is that John C. Pedrick, 3rd served in
several capacities, including selectman and representative to the General Court,
between 1810 and 1813, the year of his wife's death.
Folder 6 contains papers and photographs of the Fettyplace family. Two
documents concern the origins of the Fettyplace family and coat of arms in England,
and one lists the Fettyplace ancestors of John Carder (1804- ) and Elizabeth Carder
(1810-1882) Pedrick. There are twelve photographs, most of which are identified, and
they depict Fettyplaces, Hawthornes or Jauges in Boston or Salem, Massachusetts,
Mobile, Alabama, or Marseilles, France.
Folder 7 contains five unidentified photographs, four of which were taken in
Washington, D.C. These are probably images of John Carder Pedrick's family or his
wife's family; one is addressed to "Aunt America".
Folders 8 and 9 concern the Samuel Burche family, relatives of John Carder
Pedrick by his marriage to America (Burche) Fazio. Folder 8 documents title to land
in Washington, D.C. purchased in 1824 by the Wilson family and sold in 1875 by
Samuel and Susan (Wilson) Burche's grandchildren. Papers in Folder 9 describe Samuel
Burche's efforts to petition the United States House of Representatives to settle a
claim on behalf of the heirs of General Baron deKalb. General deKalb was a prominent
military figure in the American Revolution. He arrived from France with General
Lafayette in 1777 and served under Generals Washington and Gates until 1780, when he
was killed in the Battle of Camden in South Carolina. A copy of the report from the
Committee on Revolutionary Claims submitted to Congress in 1844 is included together
with documentation supporting General deKalb's contribution to the Revolution.
Folder 10 includes a copy of the last will of Joshua B. Leavens of Mobile,
Alabama, and also copies of deeds documenting the inheritance of lands in Illinois
and Mississippi by his daughter Helen Naomi (Leavens) Butler, wife of Thomas J.
Butler. One document includes a notation by Franklin B. Pedrick dated January 12,
1922. The relationship between the Leavens-Butler family and Pedrick family is not
Folder 11 contains two copies of a 52-page manuscript book containing a
detailed description of trade in Rio Grande, Brazil, written by John C. Pedrick,
3rd, sometime before 1843.
John C. Pedrick, 3rd was born on April 23, 1773, in
Marblehead, Massachusetts. He was the son of Richard and Elizabeth (Carder) Pedrick,
and was descended from a prosperous merchant family dealing primarily in fish traded
to the West Indies and Europe. John married Elizabeth Fettyplace on September 16,
1803, and they had four children, John Carder, Richard, William Henry Fettyplace,
and Elizabeth Carder. Pedrick was a merchant in Marblehead and later a trade agent
in South America. He died on July 15, 1853, and was buried in Marblehead.
John Carder Pedrick was born in 1804, the son of John C.
Pedrick and Elizabeth (Fettyplace) Pedrick. Little information is available about
his career although the correspondence suggests he was a businessman and investor in
Washington, D.C. In about 1853 he married America (Burche) Fazio, a widow with three
children, and they had one son, John Carder (1856- ). John Carder Pedrick, Jr.
married Fanny Porter Harkness and their son, Franklin Burche Pedrick, was born in
Samuel Burche, the son of Benjamin and Rebecca (Baron)
Burche, was born in 1788. He and his wife Susan (Wilson) Burche had one son, John
Covington Burche. For many years Samuel Burche was chief clerk in the clerk's office
of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., and, at the time of his death,
he was a member of the city council. He died in 1846 in Washington, D.C.
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.
Burche, Samuel, 1788-1846
De Kalb, Johann, 1721-1780
Pedrick, John Carder, b. 1804
Pedrick, John, b. 1773
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783
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
The Pedrick Family Papers include letters and other papers relating to John C. Pedrick, 3rd (1773-1853) and his son John Carder Pedrick (1804- ), plus photographs and other genealogical information about the Fettyplace and Pedrick families.
Photographs; Europe--Commerce--Marblehead; Marblehead (Mass.); Marblehead (Mass.)--Commerce--Europe; United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Burche, Samuel, 1788-1846; Pedrick, John, b. 1773; Pedrick, John Carder, b. 1804; De Kalb, Johann, 1721-1780; Fisheries
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.