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Wardwell Family Papers
0.25 linear feet (1 box)
The Wardwell Family Papers
document the lives and activities of three members of the Wardwell family of Salem,
Massachusetts, including Abiel, and his two sons, Abiel H. and Nathaniel.
SERIES I. Abiel Wardwell (1771-1821) SERIES II. Abiel H. Wardwell (1810-1837) SERIES III. Nathaniel Wardwell (1814-1865) SERIES IV. Other
Scope and Content Note
The Wardwell Family Papers document the lives and activities of three members of the
Wardwell family of Salem, Massachusetts, including Abiel, and his two sons, Abiel H.
and Nathaniel. It contains ships' papers, correspondence, legal papers, poetry, and
an account book. It has been arranged into four series. All series have been
Series I. Abiel Wardwell (1771-1821) contains ships'
papers and letters written during Abiel's career as a ship captain. Of interest is
his parole from prison in Nova Scotia.
Series II. Abiel H. Wardwell (1810-1837) contains a
book filled with handwritten poems, a letter from Abiel H.'s cousin while he was
aboard the Brothers, and letters about the barque Brighton.
Series III. Nathaniel Wardwell (1814-1865) contains
two letters to his mother, Esther.
Series IV. Other contains a letter from Samuel Todd
requesting genealogical information from his cousins (1878). This was found tucked
into Abiel H.'s poetry book.
Abiel Wardwell was born in Andover, Massachusetts, on
August 25, 1771, to Solomon and Bethiah (Holt) Wardwell. He was a master mariner and
commanded a number of vessels for Salem ship owners and merchants, including the
brig Betsey, the ship Astrea, the Eunice, and the Britannia. In 1800 he married Hannah Elledge (1779-1805);
they had no children. In 1811 he married Esther Andrews (1777-1861) and they had
four children: Abiel H. (1810-1837); Julian (1812-1816); Esther (between
1814-1815-after 1821); and Nathaniel Abiel (1814-1865). He died of consumption in
Charleston, South Carolina, on January 30, 1821.
Abiel H. Wardwell was born in 1810, the son of Abiel
and Esther Wardwell. He was a mariner like his father and the first officer of the
barque Brighton. He died on October 30, 1837, in New
Nathaniel Wardwell was born on May 9, 1814, in Salem,
Massachusetts, the son of Abiel and Esther Wardwell. He was a shoemaker. In 1843, he
married Margaret Todd (1817-1903) and they had two children. He died on July 4, 1865
of a concussion.
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.
Page, John, Jr.
Wardwell, Abiel H., 1810-1837
Wardwell, Abiel, d. 1821
Wardwell, Esther, 1777-1861
Wardwell, Nathaniel, 1814-1865
Estates, administration of
Prisoners of war--Nova Scotia
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