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KING FAMILY PAPERS, 1811-1896





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:King family
Title:King Family Papers
Dates:1811/1896
Quantity:1 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:The King Family Papers consist of the correspondence of various members of the King family, mostly of Eben Upton King, as well as some account books, diaries, visiting cards, and invitations.
Collection Number:MSS 315

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Scope and Content Note

The King Family Papers consist of the correspondence of various members of the King family, mostly of Eben Upton King, as well as some account books, diaries, visiting cards, and invitations.


Correspondence includes letters to Eben from his parents, Samuel and Hannah King,while Eben was at school in Lee, New Hampshire, and Eben's letters to them during that time. There are also letters to Eben from siblings, relatives, and friends, and letters from Eben to his affianced bride, Mary Louise Trow (Louise). Also included is a letter from Warren King to his mother (folder 12) with a comprehensive description of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893.


In addition to correspondence, Box 1 contains three diaries kept by Eben's wife, Louise Trow King, for the years 1875, 1892, and 1893, six account books, and one notebook containing a list of names and religious or literary topics apparently assigned to each. Two of the account books belonged to Mary Louise Trow for the years 1856 and 1860. Of the four remaining account books, three are from an earlier period, with entries dated from 1811 to 1824. One has the initials "W. K." inscribed on the inside cover, and also the name "Mary King, Danvers," However, there is no real indication as to the ownership of the books. The remaining account book probably belonged to Perley King, and is dated 1867.


The contents of Box 2 consist primarily of visiting cards and invitations, presumably received over the years by various members of the King and Trow families, but also include one folder containing many letters (1895-1896) congratulating Sue King, Warren King's wife, on the birth of their daughter.


Biographical Sketches

Samuel King and Hannah Goodale were married in Danvers, Massachusetts, on September 30, 1811. The vital records of Danvers, Massachusetts, record the birth of six children: Perley Goodale (1812); Henry Augustus (1813); Samuel Warren (1815); James Putnam (1817); Eben Upton (1828); and a daughter (1831) who died shortly after birth. The family was a wealthy one, and apparently had been so in previous generations. Samuel King is listed in the Danvers section of the publication, Rich Men of Massachusetts as being worth $50,000, "[p]artly [i]nherited." He is described as "a shrewd, money-making farmer." Ebenezer King of Danvers, (probably Samuel's brother) is also included in this list as having a fortune "mostly inherited," of $50,000.


Eben Upton King, the fifth son of Samuel and Hannah King, is the primary correspondent of the collection. Eben was born in Danvers, Massachusetts, on June 26, 1828. Born eleven years after his next oldest sibling, Eben apparently suffered from a variety of ailments, and his correspondence with his parents documents his and their concern over his "ill turns." In 1848, he was a student at Walnut Grove, a school in Lee, New Hampshire, owned and conducted by a Quaker, Moses Cortland. He attended this school until at least 1852, with frequent breaks because of poor health. Eben became a prosperous farmer and in September of 1864, married Mary Louise Trow (called Louise in her correspondence and her own diaries). Entries in Louise's diaries mention three children and indicated their respective birthdays: Hannah, born September 7, 1866, died in 1875; Warren, born August 1, 1870; and a third child, Alice, born March 13, 1875. (There is some question as to whether Alice is Louise's child, as she doesn't mention her birth in her diary entries from the time.)


King died on February 15, 1892, leaving a widow, a son, and a daughter.


Warren King, Eben's and Louise's only son, was born August 1, 1870. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1893, with a degree in electrical engineering. He became a manager of the Peabody Municipal Electrical Plant. He married Susie Baker in the early 1890s. Their first child, a daughter, was born in 1895.


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.

King, Eben Upton, 1828-1892
King, Eben Upton, 1828-1892
King, Hannah Goodale
King, Mary L. T., (Mary Louise Trow)
King, Mary L. T., (Mary Louise Trow)
King, Samuel W., (Samuel Warren), 1815-1857
King, Warren, b. 1870
Account books
Account books--1811-1867
Account books--Massachusetts--Danvers
Account books--Massachusetts--South Danvers
Diaries
Diaries--1875-1893
Exhibitions--Illinois--Chicago
Families
Households
Housewives--History--19th century
Medicine--History--19th centur
Women
Danvers (Mass.)
Peabody (Mass.)
South Danvers (Mass.)

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

King Family Papers, MSS 315, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

Six account books and the King family letters were purchased in January 1989 (acc. #88032). A letter describing the Chicago World's Fair was separately purchased in January 1989 (acc. #88031). Three diaries of Mary Louise Trow King were purchased in in February 1989 (acc. #88034).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Frances Malamy, October 2001. Updated by Nicholas Long, May 2015.


Related Material


Wells, John, H., The Peabody Story; Events in Peabody's History, 1626-1972, Essex Institute, Salem, Mass., 1972.


Forbes, Abner, Our First Men, or A Catalogue of the Richest Men of Massachusetts, containing a list of those persons taxed in the State of Massachusetts, credibly reported to be worth One Hundred Thousand Dollars, and upwards, Boston, 1851.


Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Accessed on May 21, 2015.


Papers of Ebenezer King, 1735-1860, MSS 0.630


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