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Philemon Putnam (1789-1867) Papers

Philemon Putnam (1789-1867) Papers

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PHILEMON PUTNAM (1789-1867) PAPERS, 1817-1876

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:Putnam, Philemon, 1789-1867
Title:Philemon Putnam (1789-1867) Papers
Quantity:0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Philemon Putnam papers document the activities of this Danvers, Massachusetts, ship captain and merchant.
Collection Number:MH 192

Series List

SERIES I. Shipping Papers
SERIES II. Personal Papers

Scope and Content Note

The Philemon Putnam papers document the activities of this Danvers, Massachusetts, ship captain and merchant. The collection has been organized into two series.

Series I. Shipping Papers contains the papers of eight ships as well as a little handwritten book of pro forma invoices and notes on Rio de Janeiro. Shipping papers include accounts, invoices, bills of lading, and letters of instruction. The account book also contains some personal accounts.

Series II. Personal Papers consists of personal correspondence, appointments as postmaster and justice of the peace, New Hampshire Iron Factory Company correspondence and accounts, legal documents, deeds, and some ephemera. It also includes some tax bills and correspondence about those tax bills from Wright County, Iowa. The personal correspondence includes letters to Philemon's wife as well as a letter dated 1826 from A. L. Peirson informing Captain Putnam that his daughter, Lucy Blythe Putnam, had died after contracting chicken pox. An 1831 letter discusses the loss of his three-year-old son, Henry Bridges Putnam. The agreement in folder 17 is between Joel Streeter and David M. Montgomery to submit their dispute to the arbitration of Philemon Putnam and two others. Montgomery, a teacher in the Lisbon school, was accused of stabbing Joel Streeter, Jr. with a knife and severely injuring the boy. The deeds include a deed to a pew in First Church, Danvers, and a deed to a parcel of land in Danvers. The 1863 letter from nephew George Sinclair in folder 22 discusses the conditions of the 89th Regiment of the Illinois Volunteer Militia and the Army's reaction to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.

Biographical Sketch

Philemon Putnam was born on October 12, 1789, in Danvers, Massachusetts, the son of Jethro (1753-1815) and Mary (Holton) (1760-1840) Putnam. He was a mariner and shipping merchant. In 1829, he was appointed Postmaster of the town of Franconia, New Hampshire. He also served as Justice of the Peace for Grafton County, New Hampshire, and was an agent for the New Hampshire Iron Factory Company.

In 1822 he married Lucy C. Blythe and they had two children. After her death, he married Mary Carleton Noyes in 1842 and they had 3 children. He died on September 9, 1867.

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.

Allen, Charles B.
Birckhead, James
Brown, James
Endicott, John, 1765-1834
Endicott, Nathan, 1790-1858
Haraden, Andrew, 1769-1835
Howard, Joseph
Punchard, John
Tilden, Bryant P. (Bryant Parrot), 1817-1859
Alonzo (Brig)
Andes (Brig)
Cambrian (Ship)
Catherine (Ship)
Cepheus (Schooner)
Dawn (Brig)
Janus (Ship)
New Hampshire Iron Factory Company
Justices of the peace
Pews and pew rights
Shipping--Brazil--Rio de Janeiro
Shipping--Russia--St. Petersburg
Franconia (N.H.)
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

Philemon Putnam (1789-1867) Papers, MH 192, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.


This material was purchased. The account book was a gift of Wilbur F. Haggett on September 4, 1935.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, October 2016.

Related Material U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.

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