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WILDES FAMILY PAPERS, 1692-1769, 1846





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:Wildes family
Title:Wildes Family Papers
Dates:1692/1769, 1846
Quantity:2 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:This collection contains the papers of the Wildes family, early settlers of Topsfield, Massachusetts.
Collection Number:MSS 498

Series List


Scope and Content Note


This collection contains the papers of the Wildes family, early settlers of Topsfield, Massachusetts. The papers include legal documents, accounts, receipts, inventories, town tax records, bills and maps. There are also papers of the related Averell, Peabody, and Perkins families.


The legal papers include deeds, warrants, minutes, acquittals, probate documents, summons, and depositions. There are also copies of early deeds assigning lots of land in Topsfield. The financial papers include accounts, receipts, bills, inventories, promissory notes, and Topsfield tax records. The collection also contains a small notebook and account book of Ephraim Wildes, two property boundary maps, and copies of vital records for Mary and Hepzibah Peabody.


Biographical Sketches

Ephraim Wildes was born in Topsfield, Massachusetts, in February 1665, the son of John and his second wife Sarah (Averill) Wildes. He served as town treasurer and constable in Topsfield, and later as selectman, juror, and grand juror. He married Mary Howlett in 1689; their surviving children included John, Mary, Ephraim, Jonathan, Susannah, Sarah, Dorothy, Jacob, Priscilla, Samuel, Hannah, Amos, Nathan, and Elijah. Ephraim Wildes died on April 2, 1725, in Topsfield.


John Wildes was born on June 25, 1690, in Topsfield, the son of Ephraim and Mary Wildes. He was a house wright in Topsfield and was active in town affairs, acting as moderator of town meetings twenty-two times and elected selectman in thirteen years. He married Phebe Perkins in about 1714; their surviving children included John, Katherine, Zebulon, Elisha, Sarah, and Amos. John Wildes died on September 27, 1750, in Topsfield.


Elisha Wildes was born on September 23, 1720, in Topsfield, the son of John and Phebe Wildes. He served as constable and selectman in Topsfield. He married Mary Bradstreet in 1754, and their children included Sylvanus, Mehitable, and Sarah. Elisha Wildes died on June 26, 1787, in Topsfield.


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.

Averell family
Peabody family
Perkins family
Wildes, Elisha, 1720-1787
Wildes, Ephraim, 1665-1725
Wildes, Jacob, 1702-1774
Wildes, John, 1690-1750
Accounts
Formulas, recipes, etc.
Inventories
Tax collection
Vital records
Arundel (Me.)
Topsfield (Mass.)
Deeds
Maps

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

Wildes Family Papers, MSS 498, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The provenance of this material is unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lee Jacoby, November 2016.


Related Material


Davis, Walter Goodwin. The Ancestry of Dudley Wildes, 1759-1820, of Topsfield, Massachusetts. Portland, Maine: The Anthoensen Press, 1959. CS71.W669 1959


Topsfield Historical Society Records, 1661-1957, 1967-1973. MSS 232


Topsfield, Massachusetts Town Records 1616-1971, 2000-2006. EC 31


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