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Swett Family of Newburyport Papers

Swett Family of Newburyport Papers

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SWETT FAMILY OF NEWBURYPORT PAPERS, 1764-1860





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:Swett family
Title:Swett Family of Newburyport Papers
Dates:1764/1860
Quantity:0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Swett family papers document the activities of the Newburyport, Massachusetts, shipping family.
Collection Number:MH 216

Series List


SERIES I. Edmund Swett (1743-1825)
SERIES II. Children of Edmund and Hannah
A. Hannah Swett (b. 1770)
B. Samuel Swett (1772-1819)
C. Jacob Swett (1775-1874)
D. Moses Swett (1779-1854)
E. Charles Swett (1789-1885)
SERIES III. Other

Scope and Content Note

The Swett family papers document the activities of the Newburyport, Massachusetts, shipping family. It includes papers of the father, Edmund Swett, as well as five of his children and contains bills and receipts, correspondence, ships' papers, a shipping account book, a written description of the Swett coat of arms, and documents not obviously related to the Swett family. The collection has been organized into three series.


Biographical Sketches

Edmund Swett was born on June 19, 1743, in Newbury, Massachusetts, the son of Moses (1708-1748) and Mary (Titcomb) (1710-1754) Swett. He became a mariner and ship owner. He was a member of the Leonides Fire Society. In 1767 he married Hannah Boardman (1753-1821) and they had 12 children: Edmund (1769-1794); Hannah (born 1770); Samuel (1772-1819); Jacob (1775-1874); Mary (1777-1862); Moses (1779-1854); Elizabeth (born 1781); John (born 1783); Benjamin (1785-1868); William (1787-1867); Charles (1789-1885); Sarah Boardman (1791-1876); and Anna (1794-1876). He died on March 7, 1825.


Samuel Swett, son of Edmund and Hannah Swett, was born on December 22, 1772, in British Jamaica. He became a ship captain. He died in Washington, D.C. on September 8, 1819.


Jacob Swett was born in 1755 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, the son of Edmund and Hannah Swett. He married Mary Leigh (1778-1860) in 1797 and they had two children, He died in 1874 in Meigs, Ohio.


Moses Swett was born on June 22, 1779, the son of Edmund and Hannah Swett. He was a shoemaker and died on May 19, 1854.


Charles Swett was born on March 29, 1789 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, the son of Edmund and Hannah Swett. He never married. He died on February 4, 1885.


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.

Boardman, Molly
Bradbury, Theophilus
Haskell, Harriet Anne
Hidden, Robinson
Ingalls, Nathaniel
Rapall, George
Swett, Charles, 1789-1885
Swett, Edmund, 1743-1825
Swett, Hannah, b. 1770
Swett, Jacob, 1775-1874
Swett, Moses, 1779-1854
Swett, Samuel, 1772-1819
Wyatt, Stephen
Ariadne (Brig)
Betsey (Schooner)
Bolinda (Schooner)
Dolphin (Brig)
Ellen Maria (Brig)
Hannah (Brig)
Hazard (Schooner)
Hope (Schooner)
John (Brig)
Judith (Sloop)
Mark & Abigail (Vessel)
Mary (Ship)
Mary Snow (Ship)
Nancy (Ship)
Navy (Ship)
Plumb-Island Turnpike and Bridge Corp.
Ruby (Sloop)
Sally (Schooner)
Stork (Schooner)
Sukey (Brig)
Susannah (Brig)
Topaz (Brig)
Washington (Ship)
Account books
Letter writing
Privateering
Shipping
Ship's papers
Smallpox
Newburyport (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

Swett Family of Newburyport Papers, 1764-1860, MH 216, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The bulk of this material was purchased by the Peabody Museum of Salem in 1948 (acc #11,893). One folder of documents came from the Essex Institute (Fam. Mss. 983) of unknown provenance. Edmund's account book was purchased by the Essex Institute in June 1924.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, September 2016.


Related Material

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


Ancestry.com. The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, 1847-2011 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.


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