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Daniel W. Chester (1839-1924) Papers

Daniel W. Chester (1839-1924) Papers

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DANIEL W. CHESTER (1839-1924) PAPERS, 1853-1883, 1919





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:Chester, Daniel W., 1839-1924
Title:Daniel W. Chester (1839-1924) Papers
Dates:1853/1883, 1919
Quantity:0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Daniel W. Chester Papers is a collection consisting largely of personal correspondence with family members, primarily his wife, and papers related to the ship Dauntless, of which he was master.
Collection Number:MH 56

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Scope and Content Note

The Daniel W. Chester Papers is a collection consisting largely of personal correspondence with family members, primarily his wife, and papers related to the ship Dauntless, of which he was master. Additionally, there is a certificate of non-liability for conscription during the Civil War, which allowed him to provide a substitute.


Biographical Sketch

Daniel Webster Chester was born in Noank, Connecticut on January 14, 1839 to Charles Chester and Betsy Wilbur. He was educated in the local schools, which he attended until about 13 years of age. As a young man he went to sea aboard the fishing smack Maria. During the first ten years of his career he was employed in the coasting trade with Southern ports and the West Indies aboard the two-masted schooner Triumph. During the next ten years he sailed to Australia, Africa, Europe, Peru, and the Philippine Islands. Chester served as master of the Dauntless from early in 1875 until she was driven ashore on the coast of Africa in the fall of 1883. Prior to serving aboard this ship, he was master of the schooner William C. Bee. He abandoned his seafaring life in 1883. After that he worked in the coal business.


On December 10, 1863 he married Mary Emma Fitch (1838-1918) and they had six children: Elizabeth D. "Lizzie" (1866-1875); Juliette F. (1869-1957); Hattie (1872-1873); John Debell Webster (1876-1916); Claude Milton (1878-1962); and John David (1880-1915).


On March 18, 1924 he died in Groton, Connecticut.


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.

Chester, Elizabeth D., 1866-1875
Chester, Mary Emma, 1838-1918
Dauntless (Ship)
United States. Army
United States. Army--Recruiting, enlistment, etc.--Civil War, 1861-1865
Bereavement
Children--Death
Husband and wife
Ship captains
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

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

Daniel W. Chester (1839-1924) Papers, MH 56, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The provenance of this collection is unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Robert Craig, September 1998. Updated by: Tamara Gaydos May 2014.


Related Material

Matthews, Frederick C., American Merchant Ships: 1850-1900, Series 2 (Salem, Mass.: Marine Research Society, 1931), 84-85.


O'Leary, Elaine, and Anne Taylor-Czaplewski. "Captain Daniel Webster Chester." New London County Connecticut Biographies. Connecticut Biographies Project, 1 Apr. 2002. Web. 20 May 2014. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ctnwlbio/chester_daniel.html


Account book of Daniel W. Chester, 1870-1882, MSS 1739


Capt. Daniel W. Chester Scrapbook, 1895-1947, SCR 19


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