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FRANCIS STEVENS (1772-1823) PAPERS, 1758-1892

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:Stevens, Francis, 1772-1823
Title:Francis Stevens (1772-1823) Papers
Quantity:1.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:The Francis Stevens Papers contain the shipping and personal papers of Francis Stevens (1772-1823) as well as some business papers for his father, John Stevens.
Collection Number:MSS 422

Series List

SERIES I. Ships' Papers
SERIES II. Correspondence
SERIES III. Personal Papers
SERIES IV. John Stevens Business Papers

Scope and Content Note

The Francis Stevens Papers contain the shipping and personal papers of Francis Stevens (1772-1823). The collection has been arranged into four series.

Series I. Ships' Papers contains bills, receipts, and accounts of payment to the crew for the Columbus (Ship). The oversized folder on the ship Columbus includes charter documents and crew lists. Also included are bills for goods and receipts for the Jackin (Schooner). The folder labeled John George (Schooner) contains receipts, work contracts, official state and foreign government documents, listings of crew on board, permits, documentation of the building of the schooner John George, and a report and manifest of cargo and insurance policies. The last folder in this series entitled Mount Vernon (Ship) contains logs of wages paid to crew and payments received for merchandise at ports.

Series II. Correspondence consists of correspondence received by Francis Stevens, which contains thirteen letters to Captain Stevens from Abiel Wood of Wiscasset, Maine, owner of the ship Mount Vernon and two letters from John W. Rogers, captain of the ship Mercury. Also included are two bills of disbursement from the ship Mercury. The material also includes correspondence from other individuals. Some letters mention the firm Nisbett and Brother of Savannah, Georgia.

The folder entitled "Correspondence sent by Francis Stevens" contains three letters written to his wife Mary and a letter to John Proctor. The folder entitled "Correspondence of others" contains a letter to the firm, Nisbett and Brother from Abiel Wood, one letter to Captain Arch Selaman of the schooner Harriet from William Patrick, and a letter to Samuel Williams Eagan from John Peter referencing payment to crew members.

Series III. Personal Papers is comprised of three folders: "Francis Stevens" contains a receipt of rent paid, bills, receipts, taxes, legal documents, a poem, and a dog license for Plato; "Mary Stevens" contains receipts, and a receipt of inheritance from John Stevens for Mary Stevens, wife of Francis Stevens; and "Abigail Stevens" contains a jury duty summons and a bill from William Atkins to Abigail Stevens, mother of Captain Francis Stevens.

Series IV. John Stevens Business Papers contains receipts, memorandum of fish caught, and a bill for insurance for John Stevens, captain of the schooner Abigail and father of Francis Stevens.

Biographical Sketch

Francis Stevens was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts, on July, 12 1772 to Abigail and Captain John Stevens. He married Mary Tucker on June, 10 1798. They had six children; Francis, John Christopher, Abigail, Elizabeth, John George, and Rebecca. Captain Stevens was the master of two ships: Columbus from approximately 1810 to 1812; and Mount Vernon from approximately 1806 to 1809. He mastered two schooners: Jackin from approximately 1806 to 1809; and John George from approximately 1813 to 1822. He owned the schooner John George until about 1817. He died of dropsy on 10 April 1823.

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.

Stevens, John
Wood, Abiel
Abigail (Schooner)
Columbus (Ship)
Jackin (Schooner)
John George (Ship)
Mount Vernon (Ship)
Account books
Ship captains
Ships' papers
Voyages and travels
Marblehead (Mass.)


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Administrative Information


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

Francis Stevens (1772-1823) Papers, MSS 422, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.


This material was purchased in 1985 (acc # 85043).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Katherine O'Connell, October 2009.

Related Material

Vital Records of Marblehead Massachusetts: to the end of the year 1849. 2 vols. Salem: The Essex Institute, 1904.

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