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Shatswell Family Papers
0.5 linear feet (1 box)
The Shatswell Family Papers represent three generations of Ipswich, Massachusetts, yeomen.
Scope and Content Note
The Shatswell Family Papers represent three generations of Ipswich, Massachusetts, yeomen. The collection contains account books and accounting records for carting timber, hay and dung; ploughing; and trading in commercial and domestic products. The miscellaneous papers include an index for an unknown account book, and a 1788 power of attorney.
Richard Shatswell was born in about 1697 to Richard and Eleanor Shatswell, in Newbury, Massachusetts. He worked as a yeoman. Richard married Mary Treadwell in 1722. He died 1772.
Richard Shatswell Jr. was born 1728, in Ipswich, Massachusetts, to Richard (circa 1697-1772) and Mary (Treadwell) Shatswell. Richard worked with his father as a yeoman. He married Hannah Bradstreet on March 30, 1751. Richard died on December 28, 1804.
Nathaniel Shatswell was born in 1764 to Richard (1728-1804) and Hannah Shatswell. He worked as a yeoman. Nathaniel married Mary Lord in 1783. He married his second wife, Elizabeth Todd, in 1790. Nathaniel died in 1824.
The Shatwells owned Green Point's Boat Landing, in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and a wharf there where the schooner, Hannah, discharged cargo. The family was also engaged in fishing and coastwise trading; the selling of timber and firewood; ploughing and trucking for hire; leasing their horses and gundalows (flat bottom barges); and received charges for thatch and salt marsh hay that landed on their wharf or dried on their land.
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.
Shatswell, Nathaniel, 1764-1824
Shatswell, Richard, 1697?-1772
Shatswell, Richard, 1728-1804
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
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.