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Dimond Family Papers

Dimond Family Papers

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DIMOND FAMILY PAPERS, 1815-1866





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:Dimond family
Title:Dimond Family Papers
Dates:1815/1866
Quantity:0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Dimond Family Papers consist primarily of letters written to Mrs. Abigail Dimond and her daughter, Miss Abigail Dimond, by or about David S. Dimond, Sr., David S. Dimond, Jr., and Benjamin Dimond.
Collection Number:MH 80

Series List

SERIES I. David S. Dimond, Sr.
SERIES II. David S. Dimond, Jr.
SERIES III. Other Dimond Family Members

Scope and Content Note

The Dimond Family Papers consist primarily of letters written to Mrs. Abigail Dimond and her daughter, Miss Abigail Dimond, by or about David S. Dimond, Sr., David S. Dimond, Jr., and Benjamin Dimond. The collection also includes several personal papers of David S. Dimond, Sr. The collection is divided into three series and arranged chronologically.


Series I. David S. Dimond, Sr. includes tax and rent bills, Dimond's correspondence with his mother and wife while at sea or in port, his Salem Charitable Marine Society membership card, and the society's 1823 by-laws. Dimond's letters to his wife were sent from Havana, Cuba (1829), Pernambuco, Brazil (1832); and [New York], New York (1832).


Series II. David S. Dimond, Jr. contains several letters by David S. Dimond, Jr., to his sister Abigail from Manila, [Phillipines] (1844); Montevideo, [Uruguay] (1847); Saint Catherine [Jamaica] (1850); and San Francisco, California (1850-1851). The series also contains a letter from William H. Allen requesting a meeting with David S. Dimond, Jr., and two letters to Miss Dimond regarding her brother, including one identifying him as second officer of the Bark Brighton in 1849.


Series III. Other Dimond Family Members contains an 1858 account of Benjamin Dimond's estate with the owners of the Bark Argentine, a letter to Mrs. Dimond regarding Benjamin's death, an American Tract Society leaflet from 1837 titled "The New Year," a letter to Miss Dimond from her aunt Mary Mugford, and Miss Dimond's 1866 pew receipt.


Biographical Sketch

Members of the Dimond Family were descended from Captain Benjamin Diman (baptized 1769, d. circa 1803) and Ruth (Smith) Diman (b. 1771). They were a family of mariners living primarily in Salem, Massachusetts. Individual members of the family are listed variously under the names Diman, Dimon, and Dimond, as the family name transitioned over two generations from Diman to Dimond.


Benjamin and Ruth Diman married in 1792. In 1804, the widowed Ruth, identified at that time as Ruth Dimond, married Captain William Mugford. William and Ruth Mugford had five children: George (b. 1805); Sarah (b. 1808); Charles (b. 1809); Thomas (b. 1812); and Henry (b. 1813). Henry Mugford married Mary Ann Page (b. 1818) in 1844.


David S. Dimond, Sr. (b. 1797), son of Benjamin and Ruth Diman, was a mariner and a member of the Salem Charitable Marine Society. He married Abigail Hinman (b. circa 1805) in 1823. David and Abigail Dimond had four children: Abigail (b. 1825); David, Jr. (b. 1827); Benjamin (b. 1832); and Ruth Ann (1834-1836). David S. Dimond, Jr., and Benjamin Dimond were mariners like their father. Benjamin Dimond was second officer of the Bark Brighton in 1849. He died in Mozambique while second officer of the Bark Argentine in 1858. Salem directories from 1850 and 1851 list Mrs. Abigail Dimond as a seamstress and her daughter as a dress maker.


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.

Allen, William H.
Dimond, Abigail, b. 1825
Dimond, Abigail, b. circa 1805
Dimond, Benjamin, b. 1832
Dimond, David S., b. 1797
Dimond, David, b. 1827
Argentine (Bark)
Brighton (Bark)
Salem Charitable Marine Society
Letter writing
Letters
Pews and pew rights
Shipping
Salem (Mass.)

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

Dimond Family Papers, MH 80, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was donated by Mrs. Arthur T. Dalton in 1943 (acc# 11,122).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jennifer Prentice, July 2012.


Related Material

Mugford Family Papers, 1794-1845, Fam. Mss. 639


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