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Edward P. Stinson (1818-1904) Papers

Edward P. Stinson (1818-1904) Papers

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EDWARD P. STINSON (1818-1904) PAPERS, 1834, 1850-1892





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:Stinson, Edward P., 1818-1904
Title:Edward P. Stinson (1818-1904) Papers
Dates:1834, 1850/1892
Quantity:2.25 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract:The Edward P. Stinson Papers document his life as a Maine ship captain and surveyor.
Collection Number:MH 211

Series List


SERIES I. Personal Correspondence
A. Letters between Stinson and his wife, Emily
B. Letters between Stinson and Family Members
C. Correspondence and Receipts
D. Correspondence of Emily Stinson
SERIES II. Business Papers
A. Correspondence and Receipts
B. Correspondence and Notes about Maine Ships
C. Account Books

Scope and Content Note


The Edward P. Stinson Papers document his life as a Maine ship captain and surveyor. The materials consist of letters, log books, account books, receipts, business paperwork, and insurance papers. Though siblings are mentioned throughout various letters in the collection there was no information available on them beyond what was found within the collection. The collection has been divided into two series.


Series I. Personal Correspondence has been divided into four subseries. Subseries A. Letters between Stinson and his wife, Emily contains letters between Edward and his wife Emily. Most letters to Edward talk about what was happening in Bath, Maine and Emily's daily activities. Edward's letters to his wife spoke often about where he was traveling and the next opportunity he would have to be home. Subseries B. Letters between Stinson and Family Members contains letters from Edward to and from other family members including his children, cousins, and siblings. Similar to Emily's letters, many of these letters described the daily activities of the people writing the letters. However, letters from the men often were concerned about business matters as many also served on ships. Subseries C. Correspondence and Receipts includes personal communications to Edward from the Richardson family, his nephew, and others outside of his family. Subseries D. Correspondence of Emily Stinson contains letters to Emily from people other than Edward.


Series II. Business Papers has been divided into three subseries. Subseries A. Correspondence and Receipts contains the correspondence and business receipts of Edward while he was away on voyages. Subseries B. Correspondence and Notes about Maine Ships contains the correspondence and paperwork of Edward's time as a surveyor for Bureau Veritas (a ship building company in Maine). The correspondence is mainly between him and the captains of the ships being worked on. This subseries includes bank notes found among the notes and correspondence. Subseries B contains ephemera that is located at the end of the first folder. Subseries C. Account Books consists of the account books for the various ships Edward was on, the time period he spent on each ship, and where the ship traveled.


Biographical Sketch

Edward P. Stinson was born on August 26, 1818, in Woolwich, Maine, to David Gilmore Stinson (1790-1869) and Sarah W. Stinson (1789/1791-1853). He married Emily Theresa Reed Stinson (1821-1900) on December 7, 1846. They had four children, Fredrick Preble Stinson (1848-1867), Ellen R. Stinson (1851-1870), John Edward Stinson (1855-1920), and Horace W. Stinson (1866-1898). While Stinson was away on voyages his wife and children lived in Bath, Maine.


During his career as a captain Edward served on a number of ships and traveled to various places. Some of the ships he served on included The Tempest, Annie Richmond, Thalatta, Ariel, William M. Reed, and Ivy. Later in life Stinson became a surveyor for Bureau Veritas. Stinson died on March 8, 1904 in Woolwich, Maine.


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.

Hammond, Thomas
Harris, B. W.
Howard, Thomas
Otis, C. G.
Preble, George A.
Reed, S. B.
Stinson, Emily T.
Stinson, Frank
Theobald, George S.
Wlyman, E. L.
Annie Richmond (Ship)
Ariel (Ship)
Baring Brothers & Co.
Canada (Ship)
Eclipse (Ship)
Emily Augusta (Ship)
Evie Reed (Bark)
Isaac Jeanes (Ship)
Ivy (Ship)
Tempest (Ship)
Thalatta (Ship)
Thomas Howard (Ship)
William B. Reed (Ship)
William M. Reed (Ship)
Seafaring life
Shipping
Ship's papers
Bath (Me.)
Cardiff (Wales)
Liverpool (England)
London (England)
Mobile Bay (Ala.)
New York (State)
Philadelphia (Pa.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

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

Edward P. Stinson (1818-1904) Papers, MH 211, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The collection is a gift from the Preble Collection. The four account books were purchased in 1938.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jacklyn Linsky, November 2016.


Related Material


1880 United States Federal Census, "Edward P. Stinson: in the 1880 United States Federal Census", Ancestry, 2010. Web. 18 October 2016.


Ancestry Family Trees, "Edward Preble Stinson", Ancestry, n.d. Web. 3 November 2016.


Find A Grave, "Capt. David Gilmore Stinson: in the US, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current", Ancestry, 2012. Web. 18 October 2016.


Find A Grave, "Capt. Edward Preble Stinson: in the US, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current", Ancestry, 2012. Web. 18 October 2016.


Find A Grave, "Capt. Fredrick Preble Stinson: in the US, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current", Ancestry, 2012. Web. 18 October 2016.


Find A Grave, "Ellen R. Stinson: in the US, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current", Ancestry, 2012. Web. 18 October 2016.


Find A Grave, "Emily Theresa Stinson: in the US, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current", Ancestry, 2012. Web. 18 October 2016.


Find A Grave, "Horace W. Stinson: in the US, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current", Ancestry, 2012. Web. 18 October 2016.


Find A Grave, "John Edward Stinson: in the US, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current", Ancestry, 2012. Web. 18 October 2016.


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