The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Story, Abel, 1791-1868
Story Family Papers
1.75 linear feet (4 boxes)
The Story Family papers consist
of lists of vessels built in Essex, Massachusetts.
SERIES I. Abel Story (1791-1868) Papers SERIES II. Lewis H. Story Notebooks SERIES III. Lewis H. Story Loose Notes on Vessels
Scope and Content Note
The Story Family papers consist of lists of vessels built in Essex,
Massachusetts. It has been organized in to two series.
Series I. Abel Story (1791-1868) Papers contains
handwritten lists of vessels built by Abel Story and several carpenter's
certifications. The carpenters include Benjamin Woodberry, Thomas Hardy, and Abel
Series II. Lewis H. Story Notebooks consists of seven
paper-bound notebooks listing vessels built in Essex, Massachusetts, and including
various facts about the vessels. It is unknown when Lewis Story created the
Series III. Lewis H. Story Loose Notes on Vessels
consists of a 5 ½ x 8 ½" sheet of paper for each vessel built in Essex arranged
alphabetically within the year built. The sheets contain information such as year
vessel enrolled, weight, names of owner and master, physical description, ownership
history, place built, and final disposition. It is unknown exactly when Lewis Story
created these notes. They were used in a book written by Dana Story (see below).
Abel Story was born in 1791, in Ipswich, Massachusetts, to
Jacob Story, Jr. (1766-1848) and Lucy (Haskell) (1766-1835) Story. He was a
shipbuilder of mostly two-masted wooden fishing schooners in Essex, Massachusetts.
In 1813 he married Martha Burnham (1792-1822) and they had 7 children. After her
death, he married Thankful Burnham (1790-1843) and they had 6 children. He died in
Essex on May 5, 1868.
Lewis Henry Story was the grandson of Abel Story from
his second wife, Thankful. Born in Essex, Massachusetts, in 1873, to Newton Story
(1832-1890), Lewis was a shipwright, carver, designer, modeler, researcher, and a
maritime historian. He died in 1948.
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.
Story, Lewis H., 1873-1948
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
Story Family Papers, MH 214, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.
This material was donated by Mr. George S. McIntire on August 19, 1960 (acc
Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, October 2016.
Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records,
1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations,
A catalog of the vessels, boats and other craft built in the town of Essex 1870
through 1980 / this work is based upon the research and listings of Lewis H. Story;
the listings have been edited and expanded by Dana A. Story. VM25.E87 S767 1984