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JOHN MASCARENE (1722-1779) PAPERS, 1657-1659, 1761-1792

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:Mascarene, John, 1722-1779
Title:John Mascarene (1722-1779) Papers
Dates:1657/1659, 1761/1792
Quantity:.75 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:This collection contains diaries and correspondence for John Mascarene (1722-1779), Comptroller of the King's Customs for the Port of Salem, and his wife, Margaret (1726-1792).
Collection Number:MSS 132

Series List

SERIES I. John Mascarene (1772-1779)
SERIES II. Margaret Mascarene (1726-1792)
SERIES III. Miscellaneous Papers

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains diaries and correspondence for John Mascarene (1722-1779), Comptroller of the King's Customs for the Port of Salem, and his wife Margaret (1726-1792). This collection has been divided into three series.

Series I. John Mascarene (1722-1779) contains diaries and letters that describe his journey to England from 1761 until 1764; some of these letters are to business associates, but the bulk is to his wife, Margaret. They describe his activities in England, political events, and family affairs. Also included with John's papers is a letter from his uncle, dated 1763, on the family genealogy, two copies of a poem dedicated to Elizabeth Epes, and a eulogy for Nathan Ward.

Series II. Margaret Mascarene (1726-1792) contains papers which date from 1765 until 1792. These include almanacs and diaries from 1765 until 1766, and 1783 until 1792; correspondence with her sister in-law, Mary (Vial) Holyoke, with her brother Edward Augustus Holyoke, and with her husband John. Also included is a copy of her will and codicil, dated 1792.

Series III. Miscellaneous Papers contains sermons dated 1657 until 1659 from an unknown minister, Joseph Brandon's will, and notes on the contents of John Mascarene's letter book.

Biographical Sketch

John Mascarene was born in April 11, 1722, the son of Jean-Paul and Elizabeth (Perry) Mascarene. Jean-Paul was a Major General in the British army, and later a lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia. From 1761 until 1764, John traveled through England, keeping diaries along the way. He returned to Boston, and was appointed Comptroller of the King's Customs for the Port of Salem. On August 9, 1750, he married Margaret Holyoke, with whom he had four children: Elizabeth, Margaret, Joanne and Paul. John died September 24, 1779.

Margaret Holyoke Mascarene was born in 1726, to Edward and Margaret (Appleton) Holyoke. Her father was the ninth president of Harvard College. Margaret died December 21, 1792.

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.

Brandon, Joseph
Epes, Elizabeth, b. 1736
Holyoke, Edward Augustus, 1728-1829
Holyoke, Mary Vial, 1737-1802
Mascarene, Margaret Holyoke, 1726-1792
Ward, Nathan, 1761-approximately 1792
Estates, administration of
Voyages and travels
Boston (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

John Mascarene (1722-1779) Papers, MSS 132, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.


The materials that make up this collection had been handed down from the estates of Edward Holyoke, E. A. Holyoke of Salem, and Andrew Nichols of Danvers (died 1921) to the Nichols Family trust, known as Pine Knoll Trust, and were donated in 1973, 1975, and 1983. The Margaret (Holyoke) Mascarene diaries, 1783-1792, were removed from the Holyoke Family Papers (MSS 49) and added to this collection. A New England Historical and Genealogical Register, volume xxxv, July 1881 was removed from this collection and added to the library's print collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Prudence K. Backman, July 1984. Updated by Hilary Streifer, August 2014.

Related Material

Dow, George Francis. The Holyoke Family. Salem, 1911.

Historical Collections of the Essex Institute, Vol. III. Salem: G.M. Whipple and A. A. Smith, 1861.

Holyoke Family Papers, 1607-1905, MSS 49

Mascarene Family Papers, 1687-1839, Massachusetts Historical Society, Ms N-1627

Shipton, Clifford K. Sibley's Harvard Graduates: Vol. 11. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1960.

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