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Parker, Mary Saltonstall, 1856-1920
Mary Saltonstall Parker (1856-1920)
9 linear feet (17 boxes)
This collection contains
correspondence, diaries, newspaper clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, original
artwork, and sampler patterns from Mary Saltonstall Parker and other family
SERIES I. Mary Saltonstall Parker (1856-1920)
A. Sampler Patterns
SERIES II. William Phineas Parker (1855-1923) SERIES III. Francis Tuckerman Parker (1899-1973) SERIES IV. William Bradstreet Parker (1890-1977) SERIES V. Hildred Elizabeth Parker (1893-1985)
A. Published Material
SERIES VI. Other Family Members
A. Anne Elizabeth Saltonstall (1812-1881)
B. John Francis Tuckerman (1817-1885)
C. Leverett S. Tuckerman (1848-1917)
D. Lucy Saltonstall Tuckerman (1822-1890)
E. Elizabeth Sanders (b. 1764)
F. Other Saltonstall Family Members
SERIES VII. Photographs
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains correspondence, diaries, newspaper clippings, photographs,
scrapbooks, original artwork, and sampler patterns from Mary Saltonstall Parker and
other family members. Included is a letter from George Washington to his cousin,
Mrs. Jane Washington, introducing Mr. Leverett Saltonstall before his visit to Mount
Vernon (Box 10, Folder11). Each of the seven series is arranged chronologically
except for "Hildred's Published Material" which is arranged alphabetically.
Series I. Mary Saltonstall Parker (1856-1920)
contains correspondence, diaries, newspaper clippings, photographs,
scrapbooks, original artwork, a map, and sampler patterns from Mary Saltonstall
Parker. Subseries A.Sampler Patterns contains the patterns for Mary's
Series II. William Phineas Parker (1855-1923)
contains some documents relating to pets.
Series III. Francis Tuckerman Parker (1899-1973)
contains correspondence, business papers, drawings, programs, posters, certificates,
writings, genealogy, and a lock of hair.
Series IV. William Bradstreet Parker (1890-1977)
contains business papers and a membership certificate to the Salem Marine
Series V. Hildred Elizabeth Parker (1893-1985)
contains correspondence, postcards, cards, writings, and her will. Subseries A. Published Material contains various printed
Series VI. Other Family Members contains
correspondence, receipts, poetry, newspaper clippings, and more for Anne Elizabeth
Saltonstall, John Francis Tuckerman, Leverett S. Tuckerman, Lucy Saltonstall
Tuckerman, Elizabeth Sanders, and other Saltonstall family members.
Series VII. Photographs contains five boxes of
photographs of various family members.
Dr. John Francis Tuckerman was born June 13, 1817,
graduated from Harvard College in 1837 and earned his medical degree from Harvard
Medical School in 1841. He then entered the United States Navy as an assistant
surgeon and was assigned to the United States ship John
Adams. He married Lucy Saunders Saltonstall, daughter of the Honorable
Leverett Saltonstall, the first mayor of Salem, Massachusetts. They had four
children: Leverett, Francis, Charles, and Mary. Soon after his marriage, he resigned
his commission in the Navy and engaged in other pursuits. He was a trustee and
manager of private trusts in Boston. He was also an accomplished musician and
composed a number of hymns. A small volume of his church music has been published.
At the time of his death he was the trustee and manager of a large number of private
trusts. He died in 1855.
Mary Saltonstall Tuckerman was born in Salem,
Massachusetts on July 12, 1856. She was educated at private schools kept by Miss
Caroline H. King and Miss Jane Phillips. In 1877 she married William Phineas Parker
(1855-1923), a businessman and cousin of Salem's famous Parker Brothers, the game
manufacturers. They had two sons, Francis Tuckerman Parker in 1889 and William
Bradstreet Parker in 1890. In the 1890s Mary Parker authored and published several
books on Colonial Revival themes. In the first decade of the 20th century, Parker
created embroidered samplers, one of which was featured on the cover of House Beautiful magazine in 1915. She died in 1920.
Francis Tuckerman Parker was born on February 17,
1889. He attended the Noble and Greenough School in Boston, Massachusetts. He
graduated from Harvard College in 1911. From 1911 to 1913 he attended New School of
Design, an art school in Boston. From 1913 to 1914 he taught at "Red House" in
Groton, Massachusetts, which was a prep school for the Groton School run by Mr. C.
A. Shaw. From 1915 to 1918 he had his own private school for boys for ages eight to
fifteen in Lynn, Massachusetts. In May 1918, he enlisted in the Naval Reserve. When
discharged, he worked at Parker Brothers, in Salem. He married Hildred Elizabeth
Kavanaugh on April 8, 1919. He served as Chairman of the Board of Assessors in Salem
and had a real estate business. Francis Parker was a master of the Salem Marine
Society, a trustee of the Essex Institute, and president of the House of Seven
Gables Association. He died in1973.
William Bradstreet Parker was born in Salem,
Massachusetts on July 24, 1890 and graduated from the Noble and Greenough School in
Boston in 1908. He worked at the Old Colony Trust Company. He held various town
offices in New Hampshire and was a member of the New Hampshire State legislature for
several terms. He was a member of the Salem Marine Society and treasurer and warden
of Christ Episcopal Church, North Conway, New Hampshire for 25 years. He was a
well-known violinist and played for many years in the Conway town orchestra.
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.
Parker, Francis Tuckerman, 1899-1973
Parker, Hildred Elizabeth, 1893-1985
Parker, Mary Saltonstall, 1856-1920
Parker, William Bradstreet, 1890-1977
Parker, William Phineas, 1855-1923
Saltonstall, Anne Elizabeth, 1812-1881
Saltonstall, Leverett, 1783-1845
Sanders, Elizabeth, b. 1764
Tuckerman, John Francis, 1817-1885
Tuckerman, Leverett S., 1848-1917
Tuckerman, Lucy Saltonstall, 1822-1890
Washington, George, 1732-1799
House of the Seven Gables (Organization : Salem, Mass.)
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
This material was donated in part by Gary A. Peterson of Naumkeag Trust Company for
the estate of Hildred Parker (acc #85011) and in part by Alan Waller. Photograph
donated by A. Loring in 1984.
Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, Barbara Kampas, Lee Jacoby, February 2009.
Richter, Paula Bradstreet. Painted with Thread: The Art of
American Embroidery, Salem, MA: Peabody Essex Museum, 2000.
Richter, Paula Bradstreet. "Stories from Her Needle: Colonial Revival Samplers
of Mary Saltonstall Parker", Textiles in New England II: Four
Centuries of Material Life [Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife], Ed.
Benes, Peter. Boston: Boston University, 2001. 212-232.