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Wellman, Timothy, Jr.
Timothy Wellman, Jr. (1778-1842)
2.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
The Timothy Wellman papers
document the activities of this Salem, Massachusetts, mariner.
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).
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
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
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
B & G Williams
Little James (Brig)
Mary Ann (Ship)
Bills of lading
Shipping--Le Havre (France)
Chinsura (India : Town)
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
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.
Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, September 2016.
Wellman, Joshua W. Descendants of Thomas Wellman of Lynn,
Massachusetts. Boston, MA: Arthur Holbrook Wellman, 1918.
Account book of Timothy Wellman, Jr., 1803-1820,
French Spoliation Claims Records, 1796-1927, MSS
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.