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Hale Family Papers
5 linear feet (7 boxes, 1 flat file)
The Hale family papers are
comprised of shipping and business papers of the Hale family and their relatives,
the French family, the Little family, and Cyrus King.
SERIES I. Hale Family Business Papers
A. Ships' Papers
SERIES II. Relatives' Papers
A. French Family
B. Little Family
C. Cyrus King
SERIES III. Other
A. Captain John Walker
B. Ships' Insurance Papers
Scope and Content Note
The Hale family papers are comprised of shipping and business papers of the Hale
family and their relatives, the French family, the Little family, and Cyrus King.
The bulk of the collection consists of ships' papers. This collection has been
divided into three series.
Series I. Hale Family Business Papers contains
materials relating to the Hales' shipping and business interests and has been
divided into three subseries. Subseries A. Ships' Papers
contains papers relating to individual ships. The ships' papers include: bills,
insurance policies, adjustments, accounts, freight lists, correspondence and
instructions, protests, reports of surveyors, accounts current, charter party
agreements, disbursements, consular certificates, inventories, labor lists, sales,
and building contracts. Subseries B. Correspondence
contains correspondence regarding Hale family business interests. Subseries C. Other contains miscellaneous business papers
such as surveys of vessels, advertising circulars, shipbuilding contracts, and
Series II. Relatives' Papers contains shipping and
other business related materials from relatives of the Hales. This series has been
divided into three subseries. Subseries A. French Family
contains correspondence to and from members of the French family, who is related to
the Hales through Ebenezer (1774-1848) Hale's wife, Lucy (Balch) French. Subseries B. Little Family contains business papers
belonging to the Little family, which is related to the Hales through Thomas
(1773-1836) Hale's wives, Alice and Mary. This subseries includes deeds and titles
belonging to John Little, ships' papers from the firm of Little and Follansbee, and
ships' papers from ventures that do not appear to be related to the firm of Little
and Follansbee. Subseries C. Cyrus King contains
correspondence to and from Cyrus King, who was the father of Mary Caroline (King)
Hale, Benjamin (1797-1863) Hale's wife.
Series III. Other contains materials that have been
included in this collection, but whose connection to the Hale family is unclear.
This series has been divided into three subseries. Subseries A.
Captain John Walker contains ships papers and some miscellaneous business
papers. No biographical information can be located on this person. Subseries B. Ships' Insurance Papers contains the papers of
various ships, the majority of the papers have to do with insurance policies or
claims. There are a number of different insurance companies named on these papers,
but it is possible that these are related to one of the Hales' insurance companies.
Subseries C. Correspondence contains business related
Ebenezer Hale was born in 1774. He was a Newburyport,
Massachusetts, merchant and ship master, who was also elected president of the Ocean
Bank, and was a trustee of Dummer Academy. His brother, Thomas (1773-1836) was also
engaged in shipping activities. He married Lucy (Balch) French, and died in
Thomas Hale was born in 1773. He was a Newbury,
Massachusetts, hatter, town treasurer, and justice of the peace; he was also engaged
in shipping activities. He married Alice Little (1775-1819), and upon her death,
married her sister Mary Little (1786-1871). Thomas died in 1836.
Thomas Hale was born in 1800 to Thomas (1773-1836)
and Alice (Little) Hale. He was a shipping merchant and ship master. He was also a
store owner in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and vice president of the Merchant's
Insurance Company, the Alliance Insurance Company, and the Atlantic Insurance
Company of New York. Hale died in 1854.
Joshua Hale was born in 1812 to Thomas (1773-1836)
and Alice (Little) Hale. He was a shipping merchant, and periodically acted as a
ship master on Hale family vessels. He was also secretary of the Atlantic Insurance
Company, and vice president of the Union Marine Insurance Company of New York. He
married Sophia Cutler Tenney. Hale died in 1894.
Josiah Hale was born in 1803 to Thomas (1773-1836)
and Alice (Little) Hale. He was a shipping merchant, as well as secretary of the
Washington Insurance Company, and in 1829 established the Atlantic Insurance Company
of New York. He died in 1886.
Benjamin Hale was born in 1797 to Thomas (1773-1836)
and Alice (Little) Hale. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1818 and studied at
the Andover Theological Seminary. He was principal of the Gardiner Lyceum (1823),
professor of chemistry and mineralogy at Dartmouth College (1827-1835), and
president of Geneva (later Hobart) College in Geneva, New York (1836-1858). He and
his wife Mary Caroline King, the daughter of Cyrus King, had seven children. He died
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.
Hale, Ebenezer, 1774-1848
Hale, Joshua, 1812-1894
Hale, Thomas, 1800-1854
Walker, John, Capt.
John Baring (Ship)
Little and Follansbee
Little Dick (Schooner)
Little John (Ship)
Mt. Vernon (Ship)
Sea Flower (Sloop)
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
Hale Family Papers, MH 113, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.
This material was purchased.
Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, June 2015.