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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:Haraden family
Title:Haraden Family Papers
Quantity:.5 Linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:This collection consists of papers and diaries belonging to the Haraden family, prominent seamen and rope makers in Salem, Massachusetts, in the nineteenth century.
Collection Number:MSS 387

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of papers and diaries belonging to the Haraden family, prominent seamen and rope makers in Salem, Massachusetts, in the nineteenth century. Of particular interest are the letter to Captain John Derby, the papers relating to the ropewalk owned by the Haraden family, and the weather diaries of Sarah Haraden Rose and Lydia Anne Haraden.

In Folder 1 is a letter to Captain John Derby (1767-1831) written by Andrew Haraden in 1797 from Spain. The letter is incomplete and is in poor condition. Captain Haraden wrote of a blockade as he left Cadiz in April 1797 and also of his plans to transport wine or brandy from Barcelona but explained that merchants refused to ship in American vessels due to the anticipated war between France and America.

Folder 2 contains five deeds relating to a ropewalk on Brown Street in Salem, Massachusetts. These include purchase of the ropewalk in 1825 by Andrew and Jonathan Haraden, a release and quit claim deed signed by the heirs of Andrew following his death in 1835, a mortgage deed to Joshua Ward in 1837, sale of one-half interest in the ropewalk to Andrew Haraden Jr. in 1837, and an indenture agreement to remove the ropewalk in 1843.

In Folder 3 is a small pamphlet recording ropewalk sales in 1836 and 1837. Among the schooners billed were Gen. Miller, George, Hannah, John Q. Adams, Morning Star, and Richmond Packet. Also listed are the brigs Gazelle and Malaga and the sloop Common Chance.

Folder 4 contains assorted accounts and papers of Andrew Haraden Jr. (1811-1877). These include invoices for shipments on the ship George to Calcutta (1829-1832) and on the brig Almena to the west coast of Africa (1848). There is also one personal letter from Jonathan Kenny written in 1862 while training with the Salem Cadets at Fort Warren in Boston, Massachusetts.

In Folder 5 is a 20-page commonplace book written by Abigail Ives Haraden, who married Timothy Haraden in 1807. It contains poems, notes, and one recipe.

In Folder 6 are two diaries containing almost daily descriptions of the weather as recorded by Sarah Hardy Haraden Rose. The first diary spans the years 1840 to 1849 and the second the years 1862 to January 1874, only a few months before Sarah Rose's death on June 3, 1874. In addition to the weather, the author mentioned family and friends, social outings, church services and events, and on occasion public events such as President Harrison's inauguration and death in 1841 and President Lincoln's inauguration and assassination in 1865.

The first diary also contains a 50-page account book itemizing the expenses of the ropewalk owned by Andrew and Jonathan Haraden and kept by Andrew's son, Andrew Jr., from 1825 to 1834. The second diary includes genealogical information and tributes to deceased relatives and friends, including Emerson Brown (1778-1872), pastor at the old South Church in Salem, Henry Derby (1803-1881), husband of Mary Haraden, Jonathan and Sarah Haraden, and Sarah Hardy Haraden Rose. These latter notes were most likely added by Clara Haraden (b. 1842).

Folder 7 contains an almanac diary kept by Lydia Anne Haraden from January 1, 1832 to February 9, 1832, and interleaved in The New England Farmer's Almanac, 1832. Lydia, like her sister, Sarah, made daily entries and recorded the weather, her grandmother's death, social outings, church affairs, and Lyceum lectures.

Biographical Sketches

Captain Andrew Haraden was the eldest son of Andrew and Lydia (Griffin) Haraden, from a family that originally settled in Ipswich and Gloucester, Massachusetts. He was born in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1769 and spent much of his life at sea. He died in Salem in 1835.

Andrew's brother, Jonathan Haraden, was born in Salem in 1779 and was a rope maker in Salem. He married Sarah (Sally) Henfield in 1805, and they had four children, Sarah Hardy, Lydia Ann, Andrew, and Mary. Jonathan died in 1867.

Sarah Hardy Haraden, oldest daughter of Jonathan and Sarah Haraden, was born in Salem in 1806. She married William S. Rose in 1832. She lived in Salem for her whole life and died in 1874.

Lydia Anne Haraden, second daughter of Jonathan and Sarah Haraden, was born in Salem in 1809. She married Benjamin Hale Ives, a bookseller, in 1833, and they had two children, Sarah Ellen and Benjamin Hale. She died in 1881.

Andrew Haraden Jr., son of Jonathan and Sarah Haraden, was born in 1811. He made three trips to Calcutta on the ship George and was later a package expressman between Salem and Boston. He married Augusta Obear in 1834, and they had seven surviving children, Ann, Clara, Fannie, Sarah Elizabeth, Andrew, Mary Jane, and Grace. Andrew died in 1877.

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.

Brown, Emerson, 1778-1872
Derby, John, 1762-1831
Haraden, Abigail Ives
Haraden, Andrew, 1769-1835
Haraden, Jonathan, 1779-1867
Haraden, Jr., Andrew, 1811-1877
Haraden, Lydia Anne, 1809-1881
Rose, Sarah Hardy Haraden, 1806-1874


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

Haraden Family Papers, MSS 387, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.


Part of this material was donated in 1931 (acc #8723) and part was found in the library collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lee Jacoby, December 2008.

Related Material

Haraden, Andrew. Document acknowledging payment for two pews in the Tabernacle, 1814. MH 0.4000 Box 4 Folder 52

Account book kept by Andrew Haraden, of Salem, Massachusetts. Includes sales, invoices, and disbursements for the schooner Madockawando, and brigs Massafuero and Catherine. MSS 1575

Diploma given to Clara H. Haraden, November 24, 1860.

Clara Haraden Papers, 1860-1870. Collection consists of correspondence and a recipe book. MH 116

Diploma given to Fannie Haraden, November 16, 1861.

Account books of Jonathan Haraden and Sons, 1825-1836, 1836-1843, and 1836-1844. MSS 1576.1, 1576.2, and 1576.3

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