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Samuel Varney (1797-1875) Papers

Samuel Varney (1797-1875) Papers

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SAMUEL VARNEY (1797-1875) PAPERS, 1807-1879





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:Varney, Samuel, 1797-1875
Title:Samuel Varney (1797-1875) Papers
Dates:1807/1879
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Samuel Varney papers document some of the activities of this Salem, Massachusetts, ship owner and captain.
Collection Number:MH 224

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Scope and Content Note

The Samuel Varney papers document some of the activities of this Salem, Massachusetts, ship owner and captain. Folder 1, Legal Papers, contains a deed for a house on Pickman Street from Daniel Lord to Nathaniel Archer (1807), a power of attorney from P. I. Farnham & Co. to Varney to sell the brig Vine (1829), and a deed for land in Dover, New Hampshire, from Jeremiah Roberts to Varney (1849). Ships mentioned in the letters to his wife, Mary, include Enterprise (Brig), Velocity (Brig), and General Stark. A letter from Mary announces the birth of John Henry Bertram in June 1831. Folder 8, Accounts and Receipts, includes an account for goods on the brig Malaga (1844). Three of the receipts are for Doctor Thompson (1866-1868). The material has been arranged chronologically.


Biographical Sketch

Samuel Varney was born in November 1797 in Salem, Massachusetts. He was a ship captain and owner. Among the ships he mastered are the Angola (Bark), Edwin (Bark), and Vine (Bark).


In 1826 he married Mary Archer and they had three children, Samuel (born 1829), Sarah Bickford (1837-1920) and George H. (1843-1918). By 1850, they had moved to Dover, New Hampshire and he died there on May 6, 1875.


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.

Archer, Nathaniel
Lord, David
Roberts, Jeremiah
Varney, Mary
Edwin (Brig)
Enterprise (Brig)
Malaga (Brig)
Velocity (Brig)
Vine (Brig)
Deeds
Seafaring life
Shipping
Slavery
Mauritius--Description and travel
Réunion--Description and travel
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

Samuel Varney (1797-1875) Papers, MH 224, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

Two letters from Varney to his wife dated 1828 and 1833 were donated by James and Marjorie Dickson on November 29, 1991 (acc #91055). The provenance of the rest of the material is unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, August 2016.


Related Material

Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.


Angola (Bark) logbook. 1845-1846, Log 559


Angola (Bark) logbook, 1847-1848, includes a letter from Samuel Varney to his wife Mary and daughter Sarah, Log 1273


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