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Swett Family of Newburyport
0.5 linear feet (1 box)
The Swett family papers
document the activities of the Newburyport, Massachusetts, shipping
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.
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.
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.
Haskell, Harriet Anne
Swett, Charles, 1789-1885
Swett, Edmund, 1743-1825
Swett, Hannah, b. 1770
Swett, Jacob, 1775-1874
Swett, Moses, 1779-1854
Swett, Samuel, 1772-1819
Ellen Maria (Brig)
Mark & Abigail (Vessel)
Mary Snow (Ship)
Plumb-Island Turnpike and Bridge Corp.
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
Swett Family of Newburyport Papers, 1764-1860, MH 216, Phillips Library, Peabody
Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.
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.
Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, September 2016.
Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records,
1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations,
Ancestry.com. The New England Historical &
Genealogical Register, 1847-2011 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:
Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
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.