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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:Whittemore family
Title:Whittemore Family Papers
Dates:1713/1858, 1901
Quantity:2.5 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:The Whittemore Family Papers consist of business papers of the Whittemore family of Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Collection Number:MSS 497

Series List

SERIES I. Legal Documents
SERIES II. Accounts, Receipts, and Inventories
SERIES III. Other Papers

Scope and Content Note

The Whittemore Family Papers consist of business papers of the Whittemore family of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Also included are papers of the related Parsons family, also of Gloucester. The collection has been organized in three series.

Series I. Legal Documents contains legal documents belonging to the Whittemore family and their close relations, the Parsons family. The legal documents are primarily deeds, but also present are indentures, bonds, summons, probate documents, depositions, petitions, and powers of attorney. Most of the deeds pertain to land in Gloucester, Massachusetts, but others pertain to land in the counties of York, Cumberland, or Lincoln in Maine. Copies of two wills are present, those of Ebenezer Parsons (1680-1761) and Hannah Parsons (1739-1821). The legal papers have been arranged chronologically rather than by subject because many refer to more than one family member. Thus the folder titles are not inclusive but rather refer to a primary subject of each set of papers.

Series II. Accounts, Receipts, and Inventories contains business papers of the Whittemores. These papers primarily concern the estates of Samuel Whittemore (1693-1784) and his son Samuel (1733-1806), and they include detailed inventories. Other documents pertain to Samuel Whittemore (b. 1693) in his role as Deacon of the First Church in Cambridge or to the estates of Hannah Parsons (1739-1822) or Nathaniel Whittemore (1784-1855).

Series III. Other Papers includes property boundary maps, copies of vital records, memorials, one letter, printed materials, and two documents pertaining to Gloucester town affairs. Most of the maps are unlabeled but are presumably of property in Gloucester. The vital records of the Whittemores are copies of the original records of Cambridge or Charlestown, Massachusetts.

Biographical Sketches

The Whittemore family is descended from Thomas Whittemore, who came from England in about 1640 and settled in Malden, Massachusetts. Samuel Whittemore was born on January 23, 1693, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of Samuel and Lydia (Draper) Whittemore. He resided in Cambridge and was appointed Deacon of the First Church of Cambridge in 1741. He married Margaret Hicks in 1715, and they had seven children reaching maturity: Elizabeth, Margaret, Ruth, Lydia, Mary, Hannah, and Samuel. In 1764 he married Hannah Livermore. Samuel Whittemore died on March 22, 1784, in Cambridge.

Samuel Whittemore was born on June 12, 1733, in Cambridge, the youngest child of Samuel and Margaret (Hicks) Whittemore. He attended Harvard College, class of 1751, and then settled in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he became a school teacher. Samuel was a member of three Massachusetts provincial congresses and served in the General Court in 1776 and from 1783 to 1784. He was a justice of the peace in Gloucester from 1776 to 1795. Samuel married Margaret Gee in 1757; their children included Samuel, Joshua Gee, and Nathaniel. Following Margaret's death in 1773, Samuel married Sarah Parsons in 1774, and they had six children reaching maturity: Sarah, Margaret, Hannah, Nathaniel, George, and Lydia. Samuel died on July 15, 1806, in Gloucester.

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.

Parsons family
Whittemore, George, 1786-1868
Whittemore, Joshua Gee, 1762-1828
Whittemore, Margaret, 1777-1872
Whittemore, Nathaniel, 1784-1855
Whittemore, Samuel, 1693-1784
Whittemore, Samuel, 1733-1806
First Church (Cambridge, Mass.)
Cambridge (Mass.)
Cumberland County (Me.)
Fort Hill (Boston, Mass.)
Gloucester (Mass.)
Lincoln County (Me.)
York County (Me.)


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

Whittemore Family Papers, MSS 497, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.


The provenance of this material is unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lee Jacoby, October 2016.

Related Material

Whittemore, Bernard Bemis. Genealogy of Several Branches of the Whittemore Family, including the original Whittemore family of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England; and a brief lineage of other branches. Nashua NH: Francis P. Whittemore, 1890. CS71.W616 1890.

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