Processing of this collection was funded by a grant from the NHPRC (National Historical Publications
and Records Commission).
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Larcom, Benjamin, 1776-1832
Benjamin Larcom Papers
.25 linear feet (1 box)
This collection contains the papers
of Benjamin Larcom, including ships' papers, correspondence, and notes.
Series I. Benjamin Larcom Papers
A. Thomas (Schooner)
B. Correspondence, personal and business
C. Genealogy and notes
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains the papers of Benjamin Larcom, including ships' papers, correspondence, and notes. The collection is arranged
into one series with three subseries.
Subseries A. Thomas (Schooner) contains records related to the schooner Thomas, which Benjamin Larcom captained. This includes
a pilotage document from Bordeaux, France, correspondence from Larcom's time aboard Thomas, and a receipt for services aboard the schooner.
Subseries B. Correspondence, Personal and Business includes records written to and from Larcom from both his personal and business
acquaintances. This includes letters to Larcom's brother Jonathan and correspondence relating to business conducted with Israel Thorndike.
Additionally, a letter written by Larcom to his wife Charlotte in 1806 and a letter written to Larcom from Baring Brothers in 1809 were
moved to this collection from the Larcom Family Papers, MSS 8.
Subseries C. Genealogy and Notes contains notes on the genealogy of the Larcom family, a sketch of St. Michael's Church, and notes on trigonometry.
Benjamin Larcom was born on August 20, 1776 in Beverly, Massachusetts to Jonathan Larcom and Abigail Ober. He became a ship's captain
and engaged in international maritime trade in the East Indies. Larcom married Charlotte Ives on January 10, 1804 and she bore him two
children, Charlotte Ives and Adeline Barrett, before her death on March 21, 1810. Larcom remarried on November 21, 1811 to Lois Barrett
and the couple had eight children: Benjamin (b. 1814); Louisa Barrett (1815-1863); Emeline A. (b. 1817); Jonathan (b. 1818); Abigail Ober
(b. 1820); Lydia Smith (b. 1822); Lucy (1824-1893); and Octavia (b. 1827). Larcom died on January 10, 1832, at the age of 55.
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.
Larcom, Benjamin, 1776-1832
Larcom, Charlotte, d. 1810
Thorndike, Israel, 1755-1832
Baring Brothers and Co.
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
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.