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Processing of this collection was funded by a grant from the NHPRC (National Historical Publications and Records Commission).

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:Dodge Family
Title:Pickering Dodge Family Papers
Dates:1807/1849, undated
Quantity:1.75 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:The Pickering Dodge Papers include ships' papers, correspondence, estate papers, and a travel journal created by Pickering Dodge and his son Pickering Dodge. This collection has been arranged into two series.
Identification:MH 81

Series List

SERIES I. Pickering Dodge (1778-1833) Papers
A. Business Papers
B. Family Papers
SERIES II. Pickering Dodge (1804-1863) Papers

Scope and Content Note

The Pickering Dodge Papers include ships' papers, correspondence, estate papers, and a travel journal created by Pickering Dodge and his son Pickering Dodge. This collection has been arranged into two series.

Series I. Pickering Dodge (1778-1833) Papers include the ships' papers, business correspondence, and family papers of merchant and ship owner, Pickering Dodge. The series is arranged into two subseries. Subseries A. Business Papers include ships' papers and a cargo book for the ships Boston Packet and Venus, along with the sloops Hero and Betsy. Correspondence includes two letters from Dodge to Joshua Greenleaf. Subseries B. Family Papers include a contract between Joshua Dodge and William H. Moody, along with estate papers for Israel Dodge and Pickering Dodge. Pickering's estate papers consist of a last will and testament, an inventory of his estate, and two documents from the Probate Court of Salem, Massachusetts attesting to the will's validity.

Series II. Pickering Dodge (1804-1863) Papers include a travel journal entitled "Journal of a Tour to the White Hills", written and illustrated by Pickering Dodge in 1828 along with a letter to a Miss Arnold regarding Dr. Holyoke, written by Pickering Dodge in 1842.

Biographical Sketch

Pickering Dodge (1778-1833) was born on April 6, 1778 to Israel Dodge (1740-1822) and Elizabeth Pickering (1747-1822) in Salem, Massachusetts. He was a wealthy merchant in Salem and owned a number of vessels including the ships Bengal , Gentoo, Izette, Mandarin, Midas, and Rome, the brigs, Ganges, Governor Endicott, and Herald, and the schooner Mary Jane. On November 5, 1801, he married Rebecca Jenks (1781-1851) and together they had eight children: Mary (1802-1802); Pickering (1804-1863); Mary Jenks (1806-1807); Mary Jenks (1807-1833); Lucy Pickering (1810-1840); Catherine Elizabeth (b.1816); Rebecca Ann (1819-1890); and Eliza Devereux (1824-1826). The family lived in Salem on Chestnut Street until Pickering's death on August 16, 1833 at age 55.

Pickering Dodge (1804-1863) was born in Salem, Massachusetts on April 24, 1804. He graduated from Harvard College in 1823. On March 28, 1826 he married Anna Storer Coleman (1808-1849) and together they had five children: Charles Henry (1827-1846); Ellen Barry (1829-1854); Edward Pickering (1831-1854); George Storer (1838-1840); and Georgiana Storer (1841-1865). Pickering published books about art and sculpture, along with a book of letters to his children detailing his travels in Europe, Asia and Africa. He also published A Tribute to the Memory of the Infant Dead in 1842, as a memorial to his son, George. After Anna's death in 1849, Pickering married Eliza Webb Gilman (b. 1825) on June 9, 1853 in Charleston, South Carolina. Together the couple had two children, Pickering (b. 1856) and Rebecca Gilman (b. 1861). The family lived in Worcester, Massachusetts until Pickering's death on December 28, 1863, at age 59.

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.

Dodge, Israel, 1740-1822
Dodge, Pickering, 1778-1833
Dodge, Pickering, 1804-1863
Greenleaf, Joshua
Holyoke, Edward Augustus, 1728-1829
Betsy (Sloop)
Boston Packet (Ship)
Estates, Administration of
Hero (Sloop)
Postal rates--United States
Venus (Ship : active 1797)
Salem (Mass.)
Journals (Diaries)


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Administrative Information


Request 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

Pickering Dodge Family Papers, MH 81, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.


The "Journal of a Tour to the White Hills" was given by Mrs. Angus Dun in 1959. The contract of Joshua Dodge and estate papers of Pickering Dodge were acquired from Mr. Pickering Dodge Stone on September 14, 1961 (acc. 15,571). The estate papers of Israel Dodge were donated by Augustus P. Loring on February 7, 1966 (acc. 17,160). Items in folder 3a were removed from the Autograph Collection (AS 1). The contents of folder 3B came from the Swett Family Papers (MH 216). The majority of the material was found in the collection. This material was originally arranged as Fam. Mss. 253.

Processing Information

Collection processed and cataloged by Halley Grogan, October 2012. Updated by Tamara Gaydos, September 2017.

Related Material

Dodge, Joseph Thompson. Genealogy of the Dodge family of Essex County, Mass. 1629-1894. Madison, Wisconsin: Democrat Printing Co., 1894-1898.

"Notes on the remarks of Henry Wheatland, George B. Loring and Benjamin H. Silsbee." Essex Institute Historical Collections. Vol. 15. 301-302. Salem, Mass: Essex Institute, 1879.

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