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Thomas Perkins Pingree (1830-1876) Papers

Thomas Perkins Pingree (1830-1876) Papers

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THOMAS PERKINS PINGREE (1830-1876) PAPERS, 1831-1889

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The processing of this collection was funded by a gift from the Pingree heirs.





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:Pingree, Thomas Perkins, 1830-1876
Title:Thomas Perkins Pingree (1830-1876) Papers
Dates:1831/1889
Quantity:14.5 linear feet (21 boxes, 1 oversized folder )
Abstract:The bulk of the Thomas Perkins Pingree Papers consist of his business correspondence, ships' papers, and papers related to the settlement of his estate.
Collection Number:MSS 904

Series List


SERIES I. Correspondence
A. Business Correspondence
B. Shipping Trade Correspondence
SERIES II. Shipping Papers
A. Ships' Papers
B. Financial Records
C. Miscellaneous Shipping Papers
SERIES III. Financial Records
SERIES IV. Estate Papers

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the Thomas Perkins Pingree Papers consist of his business correspondence, ships' papers, and papers related to the settlement of his estate.


Series I. Correspondence is separated into two subseries. Subseries A. Business Correspondence is comprised mainly of correspondence relating to land and timber holdings in New England. This subseries includes letters relating to the settlement of the estate of David Pingree (1795-1863) for which Thomas Perkins Pingree was an executor as well as a few personal letters. This series not only includes letters received and copies of letters sent by Thomas Perkins, but also letters received by his brother David Pingree (1841-1932) and their associate E. S. Coe (1814-1899). Because there are some bills, invoices, and receipts that were noted on or attached to correspondence, some financial statements can be found in this series as well. Subseries B. Shipping Trade Correspondence includes letters that were bundled by Pingree and labelled "Letters | African Business." They represent his correspondence with captains, commodity brokers, and ship brokers. The folders are arranged chronologically. Materials within each folder may not be strictly chronological.


Series II. Shipping Papers consists of three subseries. Subseries A. Ships' Papers include documents revolving around trade in Africa, the operational records of ships, and disbursement of cargo. The schooner Prince was formerly named R. C. Parsons, therefore there are receipts within the folders under both ship names. The barque Sterling sailed from on October 11, 1876 and was wrecked off the coast of Saltpond on June 19, 1877. This subseries is arranged alphabetically by ship name, and then chronologically. Subseries B. Financial Records are those documents related to Pingree's shipping trade that are not tied to a specific ship. This subseries is arranged chronologically by topic. Subseries C. Miscellaneous Shipping Papers include the few papers that were able to be distinguished as Thomas Perkins Pingree (1803-1864), weight certificates, and papers relating to the Alabama Claims, a settlement between the United States and Great Britain over merchant ships damaged by British built Confederate naval ships. This subseries is arranged chronologically by topic.


Series III. Financial Records are mainly comprised of accounts, bills, and receipts of businesses in Maine. There is one document relating to the Ontonagon Copper Company, organized in Massachusetts and operated in Ontonagon County, Michigan. The document is a list of stockholders as of March 28, 1848. Included is Thomas P. Pingree 2nd as the third largest stock holder. This series is organized chronologically.


Series IV. Estate Papers are those documents relating to the settlement of Pingree's estate. Largely handled by his brother David and George Wheatland, the papers deal with settlements of notes, voyages that were in progress at the time of his death, and financial records of the estate. There are also papers relating to the settlement of the Alabama Claims. This series is organized chronologically.


Biographical Sketches

Thomas Perkins Pingree was born to David Pingree (1795-1863) and Ann Maria Kimball (1804-1893) on October 4, 1830. He was largely involved in the trade of animal skins with Africa. He married Harriet E. Dodge (1840-1915) of Wenham, Massachusetts, in October of 1867. They had no children. He died May 19, 1876 of pneumonia in Wenham. He was named for his maternal great uncle and father's benefactor, Thomas Perkins (1758-1830).


Thomas Perkins Pingree (1803-1864), was born in Georgetown, Massachusetts, on July 24, 1803 to Asa Pingree (1770-1834) and Annar Perkins (1771-1853). He worked in the counting room of Michael Shepard until 1826 when he entered into business for himself on Union Wharf in Salem. He was on the forefront of the rubber trade with South America and was involved in the Briggs Iron Company in Lanesborough, Massachusetts. He married Abigail Garland (1802-1885) in 1828. They had five children: Thomas Perkins (1829-1895); William Garland (1831-1883); Abby Garland (1832-1912); John Treadwell (1835-1883); and David (1840-1935). He died December 29, 1864 in Wenham.


Thomas Perkins Pingree (1829-1895) was born in Salem on June 22, 1829. In 1854 he graduated with a LL.B from Cumberland University in Tennessee. He married Catherine Colt (1829-1909) of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1858. Together they had a daughter, Catherine (1862-). He practiced law in Pittsfield and assisted William Morrill Pingry with the collection of facts for his family history, Genealogical record of the descendants of Moses Pengry, of Ipswich, Mass.: so far as ascertained/collected and arranged by William M. Pingry. He died February 9, 1895 in Pittsfield. He is addressed as "Perkins" in letters written by his sister Abby.


As two of the three Thomas Perkins Pingrees were involved in the Salem shipping trade with an approximate 20-year overlap, it is difficult to distinguish the ownership of some of the papers, and a researcher must note that while the majority of papers in this collection are confirmed as those of Pingree (1830-1876), there may be some misattributed. The Pingree of this collection is frequently referred to as Thomas Perkins Pingree 3rd in the papers and worked closely with Edward D. Kimball and Charles H. Miller.


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.

Chandler, James N.
Chase, Aurin M.
Coe, Ebenezer Smith, 1814-1899
Dunn, L. E.
Dwinel, Rufus, 1804-1869
Goddard, John, 1811-1870
Ham, Israel
Havlin, John, Captain
Kimball, Edward Dearborn, 1810-1867
Lord, James A.
Lowell, Abner W., 1812-1883
Miller, Charles H., merchant
Pingree, David, 1841-1932
Pingree, Harriet E. (Dodge), 1840-1915
Pingree, T. P. (Thomas P.), 1803-1864
Pingree, Thomas Perkins, 1829-1893
Wheatland, George, 1804-1893
Winn, John A.
Ann Elizabeth (Brig)
Aurora (Barque)
Bounding Billows (Barque)
Buckeye (Barque)
Caroline Augusta (Ship)
Daniel Webster (Schooner)
Dawn (Barque)
Eliza Hands (Barque)
Firefly (Barque)
Gambia (Brig)
General Taylor (Barque)
Greyhound (Barque)
Hayward (Brig)
Helen Maria (Barque)
Jenie Cushman (Barque)
John Levi & Company
John Swasey (Barque)
Kedar (Barque)
Lemuel (Barque)
Louisa (Brig)
M. Rader & Son
Manchester (Barque)
Mary Clark (Schooner)
Mary Helen (Brig)
McGilvery (Barque)
Melrose (Brig)
Ontonagon Copper Company
Orland (Barque)
Pico (Brig)
Potomac (Brig)
Prince (Schooner)
S. W. Porter (Barque)
S.R. Bearce & Co.
Sterling (Barque)
Thomas Perkins (Ship)
Three Brothers (Barque)
Tropic Bird (Barque)
Alabama Claims
Bills of lading
Charter-parties
Hides and skins industry
Leather industry and trade
Letters
Logging--Maine
Lumber trade
Lumbering--Maine
Marine insurance
Merchants--Salem (Mass.)
Shipping
Shipping--Africa, West
Shipping--California
Shipping--Ghana
Ships' papers
Ships--Cargo
Shipwrecks
Tobacco industry
Washington, Mount (N.H.)
Accra (Ghana)
Antwerp (Belgium)
Banjul (Gambia)
Liverpool (England)
New Bedford (Mass.)
Pensacola (Fla.)
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Saint John River (Me. and N. B.)
Salem (Mass.)
Saltpond (Ghana)
Sierra Leone

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


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

Thomas Perkins Pingree (1830-1876) Papers, MSS 904, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The bulk of this material was donated by Pingree family heirs. Richard Wheatland donated three ships' account books on February 1, 1933 (acc #9100). John Robinson donated business papers related to shipping including, correspondence, ships' papers and the accounts of E. D. Kimball and John Levi & Co. on May 16, 1940 (acc #10,660). B. Bevereux Parker on behalf of the Charles H. Miller estate donated papers of the Greyhound, Lemuel and Sterling (Barques); Alabama Claims papers; and S. C. Holm's accounts on July 7, 1942 (acc #11,962). Mrs. Edward B. Clark donated papers relating to the Mary Helen (Brig) and the Caroline Augusta (Ship) on November 29, 1961 (acc #15,663). The Stephen Phillips Estate donated portions of the papers of the Greyhound, Lemuel and Sterling (Barques) on January 15, 1972 (acc #19,823).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jennifer Hornsby, April 2015.


Related Material

Pingry, William M. Genealogical record of the descendants of Moses Pengry, of Ipswich, Mass.: so far as ascertained/collected and arranged by William M. Pingry. Ludlow, Vt.: Warner & Hyde, printers, 1881.


David Pingree (1795-1863) Papers, MSS 901


David Pingree (1841-1932) Papers, MSS 905


For additional Pingree family material, and logs for ships owned by Thomas Perkins Pingree, please visit Philcat, our online catalog.


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