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Andrew Merriam Putnam (1807-1881) Papers

Andrew Merriam Putnam (1807-1881) Papers

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ANDREW MERRIAM PUTNAM (1807-1881) PAPERS, 1835-1852, 1947





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:Putnam, Andrew Merriam, 1807-1881
Title:Andrew Merriam Putnam (1807-1881) Papers
Dates:1835/1852, 1947
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Andrew Merriam Putnam papers document the life of this Danvers, Massachusetts, ship captain.
Collection Number:MH 193

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Scope and Content Note

The Andrew Merriam Putnam papers document the life of this Danvers, Massachusetts, ship captain. The collection contains ships' papers, correspondence, accounts and receipts and a few papers of his first wife, Sarah Fowler Putnam. Papers for the Caroline Augusta (Ship), Cynthia (Bark), Eclipse (Ship), and Eliza (Ship) are included. Folder 7 contains both personal and business correspondence. Receipts and accounts are both business and personal.


Biographical Sketch

Andrew Merriam Putnam was born in Danvers, Massachusetts, on February 13, 1807, the son of Jesse Putnam (1778-1861) and Elizabeth Merriam (1784-1887). He was educated in the district school of Danvers, Bradford Academy, and The Nautical Academy in Portland, Maine, where he studied navigation.


Putnam sailed as mate with Captain Wilkins on the ship Lotos and with Captain Charles Wilkins, his brother, on the ship Francis. The latter Wilkins was murdered on the ship Eclipse in 1838. In 1831 he took part in the recapture of the ship Friendship from the Malays. In 1840, Putnam sailed as master and supercargo of the ship Caroline Augusta, of which David Pingree of Salem was the owner. After several voyages to Sumatra and the East Indies in this vessel for Pingree, he sailed in the bark Cynthia, also for David Pingree, who sold him 3/20 interest in her. He made his last voyage in her, returning from the sea in February 1847.


In 1850, he and others bought the brig Mary Helen and filled it with a cargo of goods to sell in California. They sent it around Cape Horn while Putnam went by steamer route via the Isthmus of Darien [Panama], meeting the Mary Helen on her arrival in San Francisco Bay. There were so many goods going to that port that the cargo was sold at a loss. Putnam later became interested in real estate and bought large farms in Danvers, subdividing them into smaller lots, building houses and selling them with mortgages to the Irish immigrants who were coming to Danvers in large numbers.


In 1836 Andrew Putnam married Sarah Putnam Fowler (1811-1843) of Danvers and they had four children: Sarah Elizabeth (1837-1906), Eugene Andrew (1840-1909), Harriet Adeline Pope (1841-1880), and Louisa Lancaster (1843-1861). His wife, Sarah, died while he was at sea in 1843. In 1844, he married Elizabeth P. Pope (1816-1906) of Danvers, by whom he had two sons: Jasper Merriam (1846-1846) and Charles Augustus (1854-1856).


Putnam died on May 6, 1881. The family received a letter from a group of Irish citizens, who thought so highly of Putnam, that they requested permission to march behind the funeral procession to the grave. Twenty-eight of them did so.


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.

Clarke, Elizabeth Putnam
Gifford, James E.
Pingree, David, 1795-1863
Putnam, Sarah Fowler, 1811-1843
Caroline Augusta (Ship)
Cynthia (Bark)
Eclipse (Ship)
Eliza (ship)
Account books
Ship captains
Shipping
Danvers (Mass.)
Salem (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

Andrew Merriam Putnam (1807-1881) Papers, MH 193, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was donated by Mrs. Edward B. Clarke on July 1, 1957 (acc #14,190).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, August 2016.


Related Material

Clarke, Elizabeth Putnam. Andrew Merriam Putnam. Unpublished, 1947


Hurd, D. Hamilton. History of Essex County, Massachusetts with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Vol. I. Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis, 1888.


Putnam, Eben. A History of the Putnam Family in England and America Recording the Ancestry and Descendants of John Putnam of Danvers, Mass., Jan Poutman of Albany, N.Y., Thomas Putnam of Hartford, Conn. Vol. II. Salem, MA: Salem Pub. and Print., 1908.


Log 1360 Caroline Augusta (Ship), 1840-1844


Log 1360 Cynthia (Bark), 1845-1846


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