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Benjamin Larcom Papers

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BENJAMIN LARCOM PAPERS, 1806-1811

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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:Larcom, Benjamin, 1776-1832
Title:Benjamin Larcom Papers
Dates:1806/1811
Quantity:.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:This collection contains the papers of Benjamin Larcom, including ships' papers, correspondence, and notes.
Identification:MH 145

Series List

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.


Biographical Sketch

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.


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.

Larcom, Benjamin, 1776-1832
Larcom, Charlotte, d. 1810
Larcom, Jonathan
Thorndike, Israel, 1755-1832
Baring Brothers and Co.
Shipping
Thomas (Schooner)
Beverly (Mass.)
Letters
Ships' papers

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

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

Benjamin Larcom Papers, MH 145, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was a gift from Mrs. Elizabeth W. Huntoon in August, 1960 (acc 15,188). Some material in Folder 2 in Box 2 was removed from the Larcom Family Papers, MSS 8, and added to this collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed and cataloged by Halley Grogan, December 2011.


Related Material

Abbot, William F., "Genealogy of the Larcom Family," Essex Institute Historical Collections, Vol. 58, pp. 144.


"Larcom Family Lineage" http://www.larcomfamilytree.com/documents/lineage.html


Larcom Family Papers, 1807-1933, MSS 8


Henry Larcom Papers, 1811-1855, MSS 13


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