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Jonathan Kettel (1759-1848) & Capt. William Noyes (1739-1831) Papers

Jonathan Kettel (1759-1848) & Capt. William Noyes (1739-1831) Papers

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JONATHAN KETTEL (1759-1848) & CAPT. WILLIAM NOYES (1739-1831) PAPERS, 1780-1849

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
Creator:Kettel, Jonathan, 1759-1848
Title:Jonathan Kettel (1759-1848) & Capt. William Noyes (1739-1831) Papers
Quantity:0.75 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:This collection consists of business and personal receipts for Jonathan Kettel and receipts and accounts for Captain William Noyes.
Collection Number:MSS 362

Series List

SERIES I. Jonathan Kettel Papers
SERIES II. Captain William Noyes Papers

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of business and personal receipts for Jonathan Kettel and receipts and accounts for Captain William Noyes. It has been divided into two series.

Series I. Jonathan Kettel Papers contains receipts which document his purchases of food, materials for cabinet making, shoe repair, and rent of a shop. The series also includes Kettel's assignment as Clerk of the Sixth Regiment, 2nd Brigade of the Massachusetts Militia (1802), some documents from the time he was tax collector for the Third Religious Society of Newburyport (1803-1804), documents from his time as tax collector for the town of Newburyport (1804-1808), and papers from his time as gauger (customs official) in Newburyport (1811-1825). One receipt documents his payment to Capt. Hutchins toward the schooner Ranger (1800). There is only one letter in the collection; it was written to Miss L. H. Kettell from John Merrill regarding Probate Court (1849). In 1831 Jonathan Kettel became the executor of William Noyes' estate along with John B. Titcomb.

Series II. Capt. William Noyes Papers contains personal and business receipts and accounts. There are documents referring to the sloop Cate, schooner William, brig Amazon, and brig Alex & Sally. There is an insurance document (1806) which lists the schooner Hazard, the brig Ranger, and other vessels and another (1812) listing the ships Harriot, Aurora, and Fortune, and brigs Washington, Merrimack, and Nancy. It also contains an account for the estate of Capt. Isaac Noyes (1796).

Biographical Sketches

Jonathan Kettel (also spelled Kettle) was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1759 to James and Sarah Kettell. He became a cabinetmaker in Newburyport. He served in the military as a fifer and was made clerk of the Sixth Regiment, 2nd Brigade of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia in 1802. He served as tax collector for the town of Newburyport. He bought a share in the schooner Ranger. He died in Newburyport on May 6, 1848.

Capt. William Noyes was born in 1739. He joined the Marine Society of Newburyport on January 7, 1773. Capt. Noyes sailed in the brig Betsey, brig Lively, and schooners William, Sally, and Amazon. He was captured during the war by a British cruiser and he and his crew were confined in Dartmouth prison, England. He died on November 7, 1831 at age 92.

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.

Kettel, Jonathan, 1759-1848
Noyes, William, 1739-1831
Titcomb, John B.
Estates, administration of
Ships' papers
Tax collection--Massachusetts--Newburyport


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

Jonathan Kettel (1759-1848) & Capt. William Noyes (1739-1831) Papers, MSS 362, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.


This bulk of this material was purchased on September 21, 2001 (acc #2002.035). In 2002, two receipts (Box 1, Folder 3) and a copy of Power of Attorney from Capt. William Noyes to Jonathan Kettel (Box 2, Folder 5) were purchased and added to the collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, July 2007. Updated by Tatiyana Bastet July, 2019.

Related Material

Bayley, William H., and Oliver O. Jones. History of the Marine Society of Newburyport, Massachusetts, from Its Incorporation in 1772 to the Year 1906: Together with a Complete Roster and Narrative of Important Events in the Lives of Its Members. Newburyport?: Press of the Daily News, 1906. Print.

Newburyport Customs House Records, MSS 282 (Box 5, Folder 16)

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