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Amesbury, Massachusetts, Town Records and Papers

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AMESBURY, MASSACHUSETTS, TOWN RECORDS AND PAPERS, 1710, 1760, 1801-1867, 1910





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 161 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-948-6012
Title:Amesbury, Massachusetts, Town Records and Papers
Dates:1710, 1760, 1801/1867, 1910
Quantity:1.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:The Amesbury, Massachusetts, collection of town records and papers consists of tax records, record books, receipts, deeds, a militia enrollment log, and a property plan.
Collection Number:EC 1

Series List


SERIES I. Town Records
SERIES II. Personal Papers

Scope and Content Note

The Amesbury, Massachusetts, collection of town records and papers consists of tax records, record books, receipts, deeds, a militia enrollment log, and a property plan. It has been organized into two series.


Series I. Town Records contains records of East Parish freeholders' meetings, tax records, records from Stephen Nichols, a tax collector, and records from two surveyors of highways, Sargent Moody and David Currier. It also includes a militia enrollment log created by Albert Merrill during the United States Civil War and a document certifying ballots counted during an election.


Series II. Personal Papers contains receipts of John Blasdell, Jr., Jacob Rowell, William Carleton, David Currier, and John I. Baker as well as deeds and record books. It also includes a hand drawn plan of some houses and barns and a petition regarding cutting passages through the dams on the Powow River.


Historical Sketch

The town of Amesbury, Massachusetts, was originally settled in 1642 and incorporated in 1668. Beginning as a modest farming community, it developed a maritime and industrial economy. Shipbuilding, shipping and fishing were important. The ninety-foot drop in the Powow River provided the power for early industries.


In the 19th century, textile mills were built at the falls, as was a mechanized nail-making factory, believed to be the nation's first. The Merrimac Hat Company produced more hats than any of its competitors. Beginning in 1853, Amesbury became famous for building carriages, a trade which evolved into the manufacture of automobile bodies and was active until the Great Depression.


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.

Bayley, Joshua
Blasdell, John, Jr.
Challis, Thomas
Currier, David
Huntington, John, 1643-1729
Merrill, Albert
Moody, Sargent
Nichols, Stephen
Rowell, Jacob
Sawyer, John
Amesbury Philomathean Society
Indian Head Factory
West Amesbury Union Lyceum
Account books
Deeds
Land titles--Massachusetts--Essex County
Tax collection
Amesbury (Mass.)
Amesbury (Mass.)--History
Essex County (Mass.)

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

Amesbury, Massachusetts, Town Records and Papers, EC 1, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The two East Parish record books were a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Everett D. Jewett in August, 1973. The 1710 deed was purchased in 2003 (acc #2003.034). The provenance of the rest of the material is unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, April 2018.


Related Material


"Amesbury, Massachusetts." Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 17 Apr. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amesbury,_Massachusetts


Account books kept by Amesbury, Mass., town treasurers, 1811-1847, MSS 544


Selectmen's orders of [Amesbury, Mass.], 1840-1866, MSS 0.374


Tax collection book of William Bagley, [18--], MSS 0.377


Tax collector's book of Amesbury, Mass, 1839, MSS 0.378


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