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Coan Jordan (1812-1876) Papers

Coan Jordan (1812-1876) Papers

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COAN JORDAN (1812-1876) PAPERS, 1853-1868, 1903-1914





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:Jordan, Coan, 1812-1876
Title:Coan Jordan (1812-1876) Papers
Dates:1853/1868, 1903/1914
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Coan Jordan papers contain business and correspondence, ships' papers, and other miscellaneous papers.
Collection Number:MH 132

Series List


SERIES I. Business Papers
SERIES II. Ships' Papers
SERIES III. Miscellaneous Papers

Scope and Content Note

The Coan Jordan papers contain business and correspondence, ships' papers, and other miscellaneous papers. This collection has been divided into three series.


Series I. Business Papers contains business correspondence unrelated to specific vessels.


Series II. Ships' Papers contains papers and correspondence related to specific ships. Most of the papers relate to the ship Africa. The letters to Coan Jordan are filed chronologically. They are from Jordan's brother, Harvey, and from Captain Charles N. Bates. These letters concern the trade on board the ship Africa and reveal Captain Harvey Jordan's concern for his wife's health while she was on board the Africa; also discussed is Captain Harvey's sudden death in New Orleans in 1858. In a separate folder are accounts, articles, and insurance policies of the Africa. Other ships' papers and accounts include those of the bark Greenland, the brig Josephine, and the schooner A. N. Jordan.


Series III. Miscellaneous Papers consist of visiting cards that may have been collected by the Jordan brothers; some are personal while others have a naval connection. The miscellaneous steamship company papers appear to have no known connection to Captain Coan Jordan, but were found with his papers.


Biographical Sketches

Captain Coan Jordan was born in 1812 to Peter Jordan, a farmer and shipbuilder in Brunswick, Maine. The Jordans are descendants of the Reverend Robert Jordan of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and are distantly related to Captain Rishworth Jordan.


Coan was the owner and master of the ship Africa. He married Alethia C., the daughter of Freeman Gross of Brunswick, in 1839. They had no children. Alethia was on board the Africa when it was wrecked in 1860. Coan died in 1876.


Harvey Jordan was born in 1825 to Peter Jordan. Like his older brother, Harvey was also a sea captain; he died unexpectedly aboard the ship Africa in New Orleans in 1858. He was married to Harriet, the daughter of Captain Charles Thomas of Brunswick, in 1849; they had no children. Harriet appears to have accompanied her husband on his numerous voyages and was on board the Africa in New Orleans, when her husband died.


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.

Bates, Charles N.
Jordan, Harvey, 1825-1858
A. N. Jordan (Schooner)
Africa (Ship)
Eastern Steamship Company
Greenland (Bark)
Josephine (Brig)
Portland Steamship Company (Portland, Me.)
Prince's Express Company
Shipping--Brazil--Rio de Janeiro
Shipping--Cuba--Havana
Shipping--England--Gloucester
Shipping--England--Liverpool
Shipping--England--London
Shipping--England--Newport (Isle of Wight)
Shipping--India--Beypore
Shipping--India--Kolkata
Shipping--Mauritius--Port Louis
Shipping--United States
Shipping--Wales--Cardiff
Ship's papers
Shipwrecks
Visiting cards
Women and the sea
Bath (Me.)--Commerce
Boston (Mass.)--Commerce
Brazil--Commerce--United States
Great Britain--Commerce--United States
India--Commerce--United States
Mauritius--Commerce--United States
New Orleans (La.)--Commerce
New York (N.Y.)--Commerce
Providence (R.I.)--Commerce
Savannah (Ga.)--Commerce
United States--Commerce--Brazil
United States--Commerce--Great Britain
United States--Commerce--India
United States--Commerce--Mauritius

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

Coan Jordan (1812-1876) Papers, MH 132, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was found in the collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jalien Hollister, October 1996. Updated by Hilary Streifer, June 2015.


Related Material

Jordan, Tristram, comp. The Jordan Memorial: Family Records of the Reverend Robert Jordan, and his descendants in America. Boston: Clapp and Son, 1882.


Mocavo.com. A Complete Schedule of Vessels Built and Registered in the District of Bath, Maine, Commencing at 1783, Giving Rig, Name, Tonnage, Where Built, First Master, Registering Owner, and Hailing Port. Accessed June 22, 2015. http://www.mocavo.com/A-Complete-Schedule-of-Vessels-Built-and-Registered-in-the-District-of-Bath-Maine-Commencing-at-1783-Giving-Rig-Name-Tonnage-Where-Built-First-Master-Registering-Owner-and-Hailing-Port/568771/43


Rishworth Jordan Papers, 1817-1910. MH 133


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