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ASA PINGREE (1807-1869) PAPERS, 1820-1931


Processing of this collection was funded by gifts from the Pingree family heirs.

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:Pingree, Asa, 1807-1869
Title:Asa Pingree Papers
Quantity:3 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract:This collection contains the papers of Asa Pingree created during his life, as well as the papers relating to the administration of his estate.
Identification:MSS 902

Series List

SERIES I. Personal Papers
A. Financial and Legal Records
B. Correspondence
SERIES II. Estate of Asa Pingree
SERIES III. Topsfield Farm

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the papers of Asa Pingree created during his life, as well as the papers relating to the administration of his estate.

Series I. Personal Papers is divided into two subseries. Subseries A. Financial and Legal Records include documents created during Pingree's life that relate to running the farm he inherited from his uncle, Thomas Perkins, and deeds documenting purchases of surrounding pastures to expand the farm. There are also booklets outlining the Rules and Orders to be Observed in The Senate of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in which Asa's name appears on page 41 under the list of members of the Senate of 1843. Subseries B. Correspondence is comprised of a dozen letters, calling cards, and invitations.

Series II. Estate of Asa Pingree includes copies of the wills of Thomas Perkins and Asa Pingree; inventories of the estate; notes receivable; and receipts and correspondence of the trustees. Of particular interest in the estate papers is a statement by David Pingree, stating what transpired between him and his Aunt Mary just after his uncle's death, and the subsequent papers relating to Mary Kilborn Pingree's actions to contest of Asa Pingree's last will and testament.

Series III. Topsfield Farm is comprised of documents that relate to the family land in Topsfield, Massachusetts. This series includes ledgers relating to the running of the farm and of grass sold at auction after Asa's death; deeds for land bought and sold by heirs; and David Pingree's (1841-1932) research on the land owned by the family.

Biographical Sketch

Asa Pingree was born to Asa Pingree (1770-1834) and Annar Perkins (1771-1853) on February 25, 1807 in Bridgton, Maine. He married Mary Catherine Kilborn (1817-1880) also of Bridgton, in 1841. They had no children. Pingree lived on Thomas Perkins' (his uncle) family farm in Topsfield, Massachusetts, which was bequeathed to him upon his uncle's death. He bought surrounding land, expanding the farm to include approximately 150 acres. He was an active member of the Essex Agricultural Society and a founding member of the Danvers & Georgetown Railroad, which opened in 1854. Pingree died on June 28, 1869 at the farm in Topsfield. His estate was divided between his wife, two sisters, and the children of his brothers David Pingree and Thomas Perkins Pingree. Two of his nephews, children of his brother David, David and Thomas Perkins, were named the executors of his estate; they controlled the bulk of the estate, including the Topsfield farm.

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.

Cary, John G.
Hazen, Mary Pingree, 1801-1880
Perkins, Thomas, 1758-1830
Pingree family
Pingree, Asa, 1807-1869
Pingree, David, 1795-1863
Pingree, David, 1841-1932
Pingree, Mary Catherine Kilborn, 1817-1880
Pingree, Thomas Perkins, 1830-1876
Account books
Administration of estates
Rowley (Mass.)
Topsfield (Mass.)


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Administrative Information


Request 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

Asa Pingree Papers, MSS 902, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.


This material was donated by Pingree family heirs. David P. Wheatland donated account books as part of Acc. 87015.

Processing Information

Collection processed and cataloged by Jennifer Hornsby, November 2013.

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