Processing and conservation of this collection
were funded by a grant by a gift from the Pingree family heirs.
The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Wheatland, Richard G., 1799-1842
Richard G. Wheatland (1799-1842)
5.25 linear feet (6 boxes)
The Richard G. Wheatland papers
contain the personal and shipping records of the Salem, Massachusetts, ship master
Richard G. Wheatland.
SERIES I. Shipping Papers
B. Ships' Papers
SERIES II. Personal Papers SERIES III. Wheatland Family Papers
Scope and Content Note
The Richard G. Wheatland papers contain the personal and shipping records of the
Salem, Massachusetts, ship master Richard G. Wheatland. In addition the collection
contains shipping papers of his father Richard Wheatland (1762-1830) and papers of
other family members. The collection has been divided in to three series.
Series I. Shipping Papers contains correspondence and
ships' papers. Subseries A. Correspondence consists of
two letterbooks kept by Richard Wheatland on his various voyages which contain
copies of his correspondence to the ship owners and merchant agents. Subseries B. Ships' Papers contain records for Wheatland's
earlier vessels and complete documentation for his two later vessels, the ship Boston and the brig Eliza.
The ships' papers include crew lists, bills of lading, outfitting bills, and loose
correspondence with ship owners and merchant agents.
Series II. Personal Papers consists primarily of
letters written by Wheatland to his wife, Mary, while he was at sea. These letters
provide lengthy descriptions of his experiences at sea and in foreign ports. The
folder of financial and legal records contains receipts, an indenture, and an
inventory of Richard Wheatland's (1762-1830) estate.
Series III. Wheatland Family Papers contains the
shipping papers of Richard G. Wheatland's father, Richard Wheatland (1762-1830).
These include papers for the ships Perseverance, Indus, William, and Compadore. It also contains papers of Bridget Wheatland's
estate and Benjamin Wheatland. Also included is a folder of Stephen Wheatland's
containing genealogy notes and transcripts of Richard Wheatland's letters.
Richard Goodhue Wheatland was born in 1799 in Salem,
Massachusetts, the second son of the Salem merchant Richard (1762-1830) Wheatland
and his second wife, Martha Goodhue (1770-1826). Wheatland graduated from Harvard
University in 1818. He worked for one year in a Salem counting room and then
embarked on a 20-year career as a ship master for vessels owned by his father
Richard Wheatland, Gideon Barstow, and Timothy Bryant Jr. He was 26 years old when
he became master of the brig Lama. In 1837, he lost the
ship Boston in a hurricane on Cat Key in the Bahamas.
He returned to Salem, but his health was impaired and he died in 1842.
Wheatland married Mary Bemis Richardson (1795-1834) and they had three children,
Stephen Goodhue (1824-1892), John (1827-1828), and Richard Henry (born 1830). The
two boys were raised by their uncle George Wheatland after their father's death.
Richard Wheatland was born in Wareham, England, in
1762. He entered the British Navy at age 17. He was in the West Indies when Captain
Silver of Salem met him and brought him to Salem in 1783 in his ship Vigilant. Richard married Captain Silver's daughter and
when she died, married Martha, daughter of Stephen and Martha (Prescott) Goodhue in
October 1796. They had six children.
Wheatland was master of the ship Indus on its
voyage to Canton in 1802, when it was dismasted at Whampoa. The frustration of
getting the ship repaired seems to have upset and nervously affected Wheatland for
he was very brutal on the homeward voyage arriving back in Salem in May 1803. He
never commanded another vessel, but became part owner of other ships with Willard
Peele, the Forresters, and the Barstows. He died in 1803.
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.
Wheatland, Mary Bemis, 1795-1834
Wheatland, Richard G., 1799-1842
Wheatland, Richard, 1762-1830
Administration of estates
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
Richard G. Wheatland (1799-1842) Papers, MSS 197, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex
Museum, Salem, Mass.
This material was donated by the Pingree family heirs. One folder of Richard G.
Wheatland papers was removed from the Henry Wheatland papers. The 1830-1837
letterbook was donated to the Peabody Museum by Lawrence W. Jenkins (originally
cataloged as MH 241).
Collection processed by Caroline Preston, October 1985. Updated by Tamara Gaydos,
Belknap, Henry Wyckoff. The Wheatlands of Salem & Their
Vessels. N.p.: n.p., n.d. , Ship. Mss.
James Wingate Sewall Business Records, 1835-1916, MSS
This material was donated by the Pingree family heirs. One folder of Richard G. Wheatland papers was removed from the Henry Wheatland papers. The 1830-1837 letterbook was donated to the Peabody Museum by Lawrence W. Jenkins (originally cataloged as MH 241).