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Timothy Wellman, Jr. (1778-1842) Papers

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TIMOTHY WELLMAN, JR. (1778-1842) PAPERS, 1542, 1783-1825, 1901

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:Wellman, Timothy, Jr.
Title:Timothy Wellman, Jr. (1778-1842) Papers
Dates:1542, 1783/1825, 1901
Quantity:2.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:The Timothy Wellman papers document the activities of this Salem, Massachusetts, mariner.
Collection Number:MH 234

Series List

SERIES I. Shipping Papers
SERIES II. Personal and Family Papers

Scope and Content Note

The Timothy Wellman papers document the activities of this Salem, Massachusetts, mariner. It contains bills of lading, bills of sale for ships, correspondence, letters of instruction, invoices and receipts, shipping articles (crew lists), and estate papers and has been divided into two series.

Series I. Shipping Papers contains records for 14 ships on which Timothy Wellman served or was captain. The Reglement vood de Maatschappij Weldadigheid is a booklet in Dutch of the rules of the Society of Benevolence (1818).

Series II. Personal and Family Papers contains a 1542 velum indenture granting property from Christopher Coplestone (born before 1524-1586) to Jane/Joan Poulett (born 1532), his future wife. It is not clear what connection this document has to the Wellman family. There is a transcription of the document in the folder. It also contains some papers of Adam Wellman and a folder of estate papers of Timothy Wellman (1776-1823).

Biographical Sketches

There were several Timothy Wellmans who were mariners during the time period of these papers. This is our best hypothesis as to who created the papers.

Timothy Wellman Jr. was born in about 1778, the son of Timothy (1756-1810) and Sarah (Wyatt) (1759-1817) Wellman. He was a master mariner and, with Benjamin Crowninshield, commanded the armed vessel Alexander, which was captured May 19, 1813.

He married Sarah Silsbee (1777-1840) in 1804 and they had two daughters, Mary Ann (1805-1886) and an infant in 1806. In 1833 he married Jane (Post) Sleeper (1785-1837). In 1839, he married Phebe R. Burns. He died on May 14, 1842, in Thomaston, Maine.

Timothy Wellman was born in Salem, Massachusetts, on September 12, 1776. He was a master mariner and died at sea in 1823 or 1824. He married Abigail Browne (1775-1860) in 1800 and they had five children: Adam, Nancy, Margaret, Augustus Timothy, and Mary Ann. This collection contains his estate papers.

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.

Forrester, Simon, 1784-1817
Osgood, John, 1758-1826
Storrow, Thomas Wentworth, 1779-1862
Wellman, Abigail Browne, 1775-1860
Wellman, Timothy, 1776-1823
Wellman, Timothy, 1778-1842
Whittredge, Thomas
Williams, George
Alexander (Privateer)
Ann (Ship)
Aphia (Schooner)
B & G Williams
Elizabeth (Schooner)
Fame (Privateer)
Franklin (Ship)
Harriot (Brigantine)
Java (Ship)
Little James (Brig)
Mary (Ship)
Mary Ann (Ship)
Padang (Brig)
Sally (Brigantine)
Venus (Brigantine)
Venus (Schooner)
Bills of lading
Shipping--Jakarta (Indonesia)
Shipping--Le Havre (France)
Ship's papers
Chinsura (India : Town)
Salem (Mass.)


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Administrative Information


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

Timothy Wellman, Jr. (1778-1842) Papers, MH 234, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.


This material was found in the collection. One box of ships' papers was acquired by the Peabody Museum of Salem and a group of 136 documents was mounted in a scrapbook by the Essex Institute (Fam. Mss. 1072). The Power of Attorney (1808) was donated by the estate of J.F.S. Donovan on February 9, 1965.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, September 2016.

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