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were funded by a grant from Mrs. Edwin O. Norvell and Mrs. Richard
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Page, Samuel, 1753-1814
Samuel Page (1753-1814)
1 linear foot (2 boxes)
The Samuel Page papers document
the shipping and civic interests of Capt. Samuel Page of Danvers,
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.
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.
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.
Holten, Samuel, 1738-1816
Page, William P. (William Putnam), 1790-1878
Read, Nathan, 1759-1847
Danvers and Beverly Iron Works Company
Five Sisters (Schooner)
Society for the Suppression of Intemperance
Two Brothers (Schooner)
Two Brothers (Sloop)
Two Sisters (Schooner)
Capture at sea
Church records and registers
Estates, administration of
Shipping--Grand Banks of Newfoundland
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783
Waters River (Mass.)
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
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.
Collection processed by Nancy C. Barthelemy, March 1985. Updated by Tamara Gaydos,
Tapley, Harriet Sylvester. "Captain Samuel Page and His Vessels." Danvers Historical Society Collection 11 (1923):
Salem Iron Factory Records, 1796-1844, MSS 149.
New Hampshire Iron Factory Records, 1806-1857, MSS
The Samuel Page papers document the shipping and civic interests of Capt. Samuel Page of Danvers, Massachusetts.
Danvers and Beverly Iron Works Company; Society for the Suppression of Intemperance; Augusta (Brig); Betsy (Schooner); Clarissa (Schooner); 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); Two Brothers (Schooner); Two Brothers (Sloop); Two Sisters (Schooner); William (Brig); Danvers (Mass.); Waters River (Mass.); United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Goodale, Joshua; Holten, Samuel, 1738-1816; Page, William P. (William Putnam), 1790-1878; Read, Nathan, 1759-1847; Capture at sea; Church records and registers; Deeds; Estates, administration of; Fishing industry; Merchants; Shipping--Grand Banks of Newfoundland; Shipping--Indonesia; Shipping--France; Shipping--Spain; Ships' papers; Societies; Warehouses
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.