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SAMUEL PAGE (1753-1814) PAPERS, 1777-1871


Conservation and processing of this collection were funded by a grant from Mrs. Edwin O. Norvell and Mrs. Richard Rendleman.

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:Page, Samuel, 1753-1814
Title:Samuel Page (1753-1814) Papers
Quantity:1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Abstract:The Samuel Page papers document the shipping and civic interests of Capt. Samuel Page of Danvers, Massachusetts.
Collection Number:MSS 177

Series List

SERIES I. Shipping Papers
SERIES II. Business and Personal Papers

Scope and Content Note

The Samuel Page papers document the shipping and civic interests of Capt. Samuel Page of Danvers, Massachusetts. The collection is divided in to two series.

Series I. Shipping Papers include ships' papers for vessels partially or solely owned by Page and receipts, accounts, and correspondence generated by his shipping business. The ships' papers contain invoices, accounts, bills of lading, insurance policies, correspondence, and receipts for Pages' ships. (See Appendix II for a listing of vessels, masters, ports, and cargo.) Of note are the papers for the ship Putnam mastered by Nathaniel Bowditch, and the damage claim for the schooner Clarissa, which was captured by the British in 1794. Included are accounts and correspondence that dealt with more than one vessel as well as those generated by his general shipping activities. Bills and receipts for the warehouses are located in box 2, folder 8.

Series II. Business and Personal Papers record Page's warehouse business, civic, legal, and personal activities. The bulk of the business papers (B2 F3) contain accounts and receipts for the warehouse; however, shares of the Danvers and Beverly Iron Works are also filed here. The civic and military papers include the 1779 journal kept by Page during the Revolutionary War, North Parish Church records, and correspondence regarding Danvers civic and political affairs. Include here is a printed eulogy for Samuel Holten, a friend and associate, and documents relating to the Society for the Suppression of Intemperance.

The bulk of the legal papers contain the records of estates administered by Page. Also found here are any of Page's own deeds and agreements. Of interest are the 1794 petition by Page on behalf of Danvers residents to the Court of General Sessions and a 1795 agreement with Nathan Read. The petition asked the Court to order the County treasury to pay for the new road and bridge over Waters River in Danversport. The 1795 agreement stipulated that Read would built the bridge.

The Page family correspondence (B2 F8) contains letters to Page's in-laws, Joshua Goodale and John Green. Also found here are some William P. Page letters.

Biographical Sketch

Captain Samuel Page, a Danvers, Massachusetts, ship owner and merchant, was born in 1753, the son of Captain Jeremiah (ca. 1722-1803) and Sarah (Andrews) (d. 1776) Page. During the Revolutionary War he captained the 7th Company of the 8th Essex County Regiment. He later served under General Washington at Valley Forge and the Battles of White Plains and Monmouth.

After the war, Page and his wife, Rebecca Putnam (ca. 1753-1838) settled in Danversport, where he operated a shipping business. Page owned thirteen vessels, docks, and warehouses. His ships sailed to the Grand Banks, on fishing voyages, and to France, Holland, Russian, Spain, and the West Indies for salt, grains, hides, oil, and sugar. Page was also president to the New Hampshire Iron Company and director of the Salem Iron Works.

Active in Danvers civic and political affairs, Page served as a Danvers selectman for nine years, was on the school board, a Representative to the General Court, and a counsellor for the Massachusetts Society for the Suppression of Intemperance. Until his death in 1814, he also served as a legal arbitrator and administrator of estates.

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.

Goodale, Joshua
Holten, Samuel, 1738-1816
Page, William P. (William Putnam), 1790-1878
Read, Nathan, 1759-1847
Augusta (Brig)
Betsy (Schooner)
Clarissa (Schooner)
Danvers and Beverly Iron Works Company
Dolphin (Schooner)
Dove (Schooner)
Eliza (Schooner)
Esther (Schooner)
Five Sisters (Schooner)
Hawk (Schooner)
Jeremiah (Schooner)
Nancy (Schooner)
Polly (Schooner)
Putnam (Schooner)
Ranger (Schooner)
Rebecca (Brig)
Rebecca (Schooner)
Sally (Schooner)
Society for the Suppression of Intemperance
Two Brothers (Schooner)
Two Brothers (Sloop)
Two Sisters (Schooner)
William (Brig)
Capture at sea
Church records and registers
Estates, administration of
Fishing industry
Shipping--Grand Banks of Newfoundland
Ships' papers
Danvers (Mass.)
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783
Waters River (Mass.)


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Administrative Information


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

Samuel Page (1753-1814) Papers, MSS 177, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.


The collection is a reorganization of documents originally mounted into scrapbooks as part of the Harriet Putnam Fowler Collection. The documents were donated on May 2, 1900, by Miss Fowler. All original locations are located on the verso of each manuscript and recorded in the Fowler Separation Sheet.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Nancy C. Barthelemy, March 1985. Updated by Tamara Gaydos, February 2016.

Related Material

Tapley, Harriet Sylvester. "Captain Samuel Page and His Vessels." Danvers Historical Society Collection 11 (1923): 92-111.

Salem Iron Factory Records, 1796-1844, MSS 149.

New Hampshire Iron Factory Records, 1806-1857, MSS 164

Samuel Fowler Family Papers, 1757-1894, MSS 178

Harriet Putnam Fowler Papers, 1672-1901, Fam. Mss. 337

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