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Isaac Cushing Papers

Isaac Cushing Papers

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ISAAC CUSHING PAPERS, 1811-1859

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Processing and conservation of this collection were funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.





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:Cushing, Isaac
Title:Isaac Cushing Papers
Dates:1811/1859
Quantity:0.75 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:The Isaac Cushing Papers document the shipping and lumber merchant activities of Isaac Cushing of Salem, Massachusetts.
Collection Number:MSS 185

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Scope and Content Note

The Isaac Cushing Papers document the shipping and lumber merchant activities of Isaac Cushing of Salem, Massachusetts. The ships' papers contain records of only six of the numerous vessels Cushing used to transport lumber and coal along the eastern coast of the United States. Of interest among these papers are the brig America's 1855 protest regarding storm damage, and correspondence and accounts relating to her going aground in 1858 off the coast of New Jersey. Also included is an 1850 protest of the schooner Invincible, which was run into by another vessel. The 1840-1844 account book contains shipping and sales accounts of Cushing's lumber business which transported lumber from Maine to ports as far south as South Carolina. Cushing's business and personal papers contain correspondence, legal, and financial papers, such as bills paid for Hannah Becket, land deeds, and a contract for construction of a sea wall off the 27 Water Street wharf.


Biographical Sketch

Isaac Cushing was born on October 18, 1779 in Hingham, Massachusetts, the son of Isaac and Mary (Jones) Cushing. He became a shipping and lumber merchant in Salem, Massachusetts, and owned many ships. He never married. At one time he owned the Benjamin Pickman house in Salem, which he left to Hannah Becket. He died on January 14, 1859.


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.

Becket, Hannah
Cushing, Isaac
America (Brig)
Arthur Pickering (Bark)
Eliza Otis (Schooner)
Invincible (Schooner)
Lucia Maria (Bark)
Plato (Schooner)
Samuel Small (Brig)
St. Helena (Schooner)
William & Louisa (Schooner)
Accidents
Account books
Coal trade
Deeds
Letter writing
Lumber trade
Marine protests
Merchants--Salem (Mass.)
Shipping
Ships' papers
Shipwrecks
Storms
Wharves

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

Isaac Cushing Papers, MSS 185, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material is from an unknown source.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Sylvia B. Kennick, July 1985. Updated by Tamara Gaydos, February 2016.


Related Material


Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.


Perley, Sidney. The History of Salem, Massachusetts, 1671-1716. Vol. III. Salem, MA: S. Perley, 1928. 196.

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