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Varney, Samuel, 1797-1875
Samuel Varney (1797-1875)
0.25 linear feet (1 box)
The Samuel Varney papers
document some of the activities of this Salem, Massachusetts, ship owner and
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.
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.
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Mauritius--Description and travel
Réunion--Description and travel
Restrictions on Access
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