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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:Montgomery family
Title:Montgomery Family Papers
Quantity:.25 Linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Montgomery Family Papers reveal the personal and professional life of a family of craftsmen in Newburyport, Massachusetts during the mid- and late-eighteenth century.
Collection Number:MSS 348

Scope and Content Note

The Montgomery Family Papers reveal the personal and professional life of a family of craftsmen in Newburyport, Massachusetts during the mid- and late-eighteenth century. They provide information about the value of property, the value of services rendered, and the cost of living in a New England seaport town. In addition there are two items concerning Moody Montgomery's military service in 1773 and 1780.

In Folder 1 are nine deeds (1739-1799) pertaining to lands owned by members of the Montgomery family. They include purchases or sales agreements, releases of claims to estates of recently deceased family members, a survey of Moody Montgomery's property in 1792, and a statement about how the Montgomery house is to be divided between Lydia Montgomery and Mary Somerby following Nathaniel's death in 1796.

Folder 2 contains seven documents of Moody Montgomery. One is Moody's appointment as fourth sergeant in the second company of foot in Newburyport in 1773, and another is a detailed inventory ordered by Lieutenant Montgomery in 1780 of clothing belonging to Samuel Merrill, who died in the Army at West Point. Moody Montgomery also served as an arbitrator in Newburyport in 1803, became a member of the Merrimac Humane Society in 1805, received a shipment of coffee from the Cape of Good Hope in 1808, and made a last will and testament in 1808.

In Folder 3 are two letters to Mary Montgomery, whose identity is not certain. One letter (1808) is from a friend, Mary Buck. The other letter (1818) is from a niece, Caroline Pilsbury, and describes the death of baby William, possibly William Moody Kimball (1815-1817), the first child of William and Mary (Colley) Kimball Jr.

Folder 4 contains two documents pertaining to the Kimball family of Bradford, Massachusetts. One (1761) concerns the estate of Samuel Kimball and the other (1784) to land purchased in Methuen, Massachusetts, by two of Samuel's grandsons, William and Benjamin Kimball.

The remaining Folders 5, 6, and 7 contain over 65 receipts and accounts of Moody Montgomery. Several itemize purchases of personal goods such as food, clothing and other "sundries." Others pertain to Moody's work as a carpenter and itemize goods including shingles, boards, bricks, stones, and nails, in addition to his services. Montgomery built houses and also worked on vessels including the schooner Success, brig Hancock, ship Pilgrim, and ship Peace. In the last folder there are also payments for his mother's funeral in 1793.

Biographical Sketches

Nathaniel Montgomery (circa 1710 –1796) was a carpenter/joiner who lived in Newburyport, Massachusetts. He and his wife Sarah (Moody) Montgomery had seven children, Sarah, Moody, Katherine, Judith, Nathaniel, Lydia, and Hannah.

Moody Montgomery (1745-1814) was the elder son of Nathaniel and Sarah Montgomery. He too was a carpenter/joiner in Newburyport, Massachusetts. He married Elisabeth Sweat in 1771 and Mrs. Mary Colley in 1806. Following his death in 1814, Mary Colley (1792-1855) married William Kimball Jr. (1790-1869).

William Kimball Jr. (1790-1869) was a goldsmith and trader. He was the only son of William Kimball (1758-1833), who was the oldest son of Nathan Kimball (1723-1794), who was the oldest son of Samuel Kimball (1696/7-1760) of Bradford, Massachusetts.

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.

Kimball family
Montgomery, Moody, 1745-1814
Montgomery, Nathaniel, circa 1710-1796
Land titles
Newburyport (Mass.)
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783


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

Montgomery Family Papers, MSS 348, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.


This material was purchased on October 29, 2002 (acc #2002.061). Three documents were added from acc #2001.010 purchased on March 26, 2001.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lee Jacoby, March 2005.

Related Material

Morrison, Leonard A. and Sharples, Stephen P. History of the Kimball Family in America from 1634 to 1897. Reprint; Interlaken, N.Y.: Heart of the Lakes Publishing, 1981.

Vital Records of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Salem, Mass.: Essex Institute, 1911.

William Kimball (Sr. and Jr.) of Newburyport, Mass., Papers, 1804-1836 MSS 336

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