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March Family Papers
1.75 linear feet (2 boxes, 2 volumes)
The March Family Papers are
comprised primarily of Alice Little (Hale) and Reverend John C. March's personal
correspondence and diaries.
SERIES I. Reverend John C. March Papers SERIES II. Alice Little (Hale) March Papers SERIES III. Captain John March Papers
Scope and Content Note
The March Family Papers are comprised primarily of Alice Little (Hale) and Reverend
John C. March's personal correspondence and diaries. The remainder of the collection
consists of shipping papers of John's father, Newburyport, Massachusetts, ship
owner, Captain John March.
Series I. Reverend John C. March Papers includes
correspondence to his wife, from their courtship in 1832 to 1845, one year before
his death. These letters describe his personal, civic, and church activities while
he was minister of the Belleville church in Newbury, Massachusetts. Letters written
to family and friends in 1840 and John's diaries recount his trip to Washington,
D.C., and his voyage in the brig Alice to London and
Paris. Of note is a description of an antislavery meeting in London (see diary, June
24, 1840). The bulk of John's miscellaneous correspondence consists of letters to
his Hale family relatives and friends. His miscellaneous papers include a poetry and
essay book compiled while he was a student at Yale University in 1824.
Series II. Alice Little (Hale) March Papers contains
correspondence consisting primarily of letters to her husband and family in which
she describes daily household and family activities. A number of letters include
small appended paragraphs written by Hale brothers and sisters. Of interest are
passages bespeaking her grief upon the death of her son James in 1838, and
descriptions of her husband's growing illness and his death in 1846.
Series III. Captain John March Papers contains one
folder and two volumes of shipping correspondence and accounts. The account book
contains general shipping accounts as well as accounts of the brig Vulture (1795-1797), sloop Confidence (1797), sloop Betsey (1807), and
the schooner Regulus (1807), vessels which March owned
or mastered on voyages to the West Indies. March's shipping correspondence
represents his merchant agent activities in Europe, while he resided in Gothenburg
and Hamburg, 1811-1816. The letterbook also includes 1819 correspondence from
Captain March's wife, Anna, settling the final financial transactions of her
John Charles March was born on October 9, 1805, the son of
Captain John March of Newburyport, Massachusetts. An 1825 graduate of Yale
University and 1829 graduate of Princeton Seminary, he served as pastor of
Belleville Congregational Church in Newbury, Massachusetts, from 1836-1846. He
married Alice Little Hale (1811-1889) on April 23, 1832. They had two children:
James White Hale March (1834-1838) and Sarah Hale March (1836-1837). Reverend March
died on September 26, 1846.
Captain John March was a ship master and merchant.
He was born on July 2, 1758. He married Anna Blaisdell (1762-1846) on May 10, 1783.
He died in 1818.
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.
March, Alice Little Hale, 1811-1889
March, John C. (John Charles), 1805-1846
March, John, ca. 1759-1818
Church records and registers
Death and mourning
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
March Family Papers, MSS 118, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem,
The March Family Papers are a reorganization and integration of diaries and one box
of correspondence of Alice (Hale) and Reverend John C. March; one box of
correspondence belonging to Alice (Hale) and Captain John March, originally part of
the Hale Family Papers (MSS 117); one letterbook and one account book. All of the
papers are from an unknown source. Removed from the collection are four letters
written by Alice's siblings. The Alice L. March diary was purchased in 1943. John
March's diaries were donated by Robert W. Lull in December 1947.
John March's book of marriages, baptisms, and deaths was donated by Robert W.
Lull in 1950.
Collection processed by Sylvia B. Kennick, April 1984. Updated by Catherine
Robertson, January 2015.
Hale, Robert Safford. Genealogy of Descendants of Thomas
Hale. Ed. George R. Howell. Albany, New York: Weed, Parsons and Company,
The March Family Papers are comprised primarily of Alice Little (Hale) and Reverend John C. March's personal correspondence and diaries.
Yale University; Alice (Brig); Betsey (Sloop); Confidence (Sloop); Regulus (Schooner); Vulture (Brig); France--Paris--Travel; Great Britain--England--London--Travel; Washington, D.C.--Travel; March, Alice Little Hale, 1811-1889; March, John, ca. 1759-1818; March, John C. (John Charles), 1805-1846; Antislavery movements; Church records and registers; Clergy; Courtship; Death and mourning; Diaries; Households--Massachusetts--Salem; Letter writing; Merchants--Newbury (Mass.); Poetry; Shipping; Ships’ papers
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.
All of the papers are from an unknown source. The Alice L. March diary was purchased in 1943. John March’s diaries were donated by Robert W. Lull in December 1947. John March's book of marriages, baptisms, and deaths was donated by Robert W. Lull in 1950.