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Stevens, Francis, 1772-1823
Francis Stevens (1772-1823)
1.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
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.
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
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
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.
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.
John George (Ship)
Mount Vernon (Ship)
Voyages and travels
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 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.
Abigail (Schooner); Columbus (Ship); Jackin (Schooner); John George (Ship); Mount Vernon (Ship); Marblehead (Mass.); Wood, Abiel; Stevens, John; Account books; Sailors; Ship captains; Ships' papers; Shipping--Massachusetts--Marblehead; Shipowners; Voyages and travels
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.