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John Davenport (1776-1817) Papers

John Davenport (1776-1817) Papers

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JOHN DAVENPORT (1776-1817) PAPERS, 1791-1838

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Processing and conservation of this collection was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.





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:Davenport, John, 1776-1817
Title:John Davenport (1776-1817) Papers
Dates:1791/1838
Quantity:0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The John Davenport papers provide an overview of the shipping activities of John Davenport (1776-1817), a Newburyport, Massachusetts, ship owner and shipping merchant.
Collection Number:MSS 163

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Scope and Content Note

The John Davenport papers provide an overview of the shipping activities of John Davenport (1776-1817), a Newburyport ship owner and shipping merchant. The paucity of records in this collection does not truly reflect the thriving business which he conducted with coastwise United States ports, the West Indies, and Europe. The papers also contain deeds generated by John's stepmother's family, the Greenleafs.


The ships' papers, arranged alphabetically by vessel, contain papers of ships owned by John or on which he consigned cargo (see Appendix I for a listing). Of interest is an inventory of Captain William Hunt's belongings on the brig Sally, made upon his death at sea in 1811. The shipping papers include outfitting and cargo bills as well as accounts of miscellaneous ships. The correspondence contains letters from merchants and John's partner, Joseph P. Russell, and correspondence regarding general financial business.


The family papers contain Newburyport real estate deeds from the family of John's stepmother, Catherine (Greenleaf) Davenport and a letter regarding the shipping activities of his father, Anthony Davenport (1752-1836).


Biographical Sketch

John Davenport was born in May 1776 to Anthony (1752-1836) and Elizabeth Davenport in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Anthony was involved in shipping and merchant activities, and his son followed in his footsteps. He became a ship owner and shipping merchant, conducting a thriving business with coastwise United States ports, the West Indies, and Europe. Davenport died in 1817 in Newburyport.


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.

Davenport, Anthony, 1752-1836
Greenleaf family
Hunt, William, d. 1811
Russell, Joseph
Diamond (Sloop)
Essex (Schooner)
Ruby (Brig)
Sally (Brig)
Sally (Schooner)
Swift (Brig)
Deeds
Merchants--Newburyport
Shipping
Newburyport (Mass.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access


The mold damaged documents in box 1, folder 11, are restricted due to their fragile condition. Photocopies of these items have been integrated into the main body of the collection.


Administrative Information

Copyright

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

John Davenport (1776-1817) Papers, MSS 163, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The John Davenport papers are a reorganization of manuscripts culled from three boxes of Davenport and Wood papers. The collection is from an unknown source. Removed was one folder of papers belonging to Joseph R. Russell, Davenport's brother-in-law (see Separation Sheet).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Sylvia B. Kennick, January 1985. Updated by Catherine Robertson, March 2015.


Related Material


Jackson, Russell Leigh. "William Davenport of Newburyport and some of his Descendants." Historical Collections of the Essex Institute. Vol. 73, 1937. pp. 258-270.


John Wood Papers, 1806-1853, MSS 162.

Appendix I


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