Processing of this collection was funded by a grant from the NHPRC (National Historical Publications
and Records Commission).
The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Vennard, Andrew B., 1808-1857
Andrew B. Vennard (1808-1857) Papers
3.5 linear feet (7 boxes)
The Andrew B. Vennard Papers includes the ships' papers,
correspondence, insurance policies and account books created by Andrew Vennard.
SERIES I. Ships' Papers
A. Emma (Brig)
B. Eagle (Schooner)
C. Marine (Bark)
D. Various Ships
SERIES II. Correspondence SERIES III. Insurance Policies SERIES IV. Account Books
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains the personal and business papers of Andrew B. Vennard, a New Hampshire ship owner. The collection is divided into four series. Series I. Ships' Papers is divided into four subseries:
Emma (Brig), Eagle (Schooner), Marine (Bark), and other ships' records. Each subseries is arranged by ship
name and then chronologically. Document types include bills, receipts, invoices, contracts, and crew lists.
Many receipts refer to cargo, which includes potatoes, rice, coffee, flour, and beef.
Series II. Correspondence consists of correspondence and is arranged alphabetically by correspondent,
then chronologically. Letters included are from ship captains, lawyers, and relatives, though all correspondence
relates to the shipping industry.
Series III. Insurance Policies consists of insurance policies for cargo and fire damage, and is arranged chronologically.
Series IV. Account Books contains account books for Vennard's various business endeavors.
Andrew B. Vennard was born in 1808 to Captain George Vennard
and Dorothy Clifford Bell in New Castle, New Hampshire. He was Treasurer of the Portsmouth
and Concord Railroad. He was also the owner of many ships, including Arlitta, Armida, Emma, Eagle,
Garden Key, Gent Brooks, Marine, Minerva, Oscar,
Rinaldo, Telegraph, and Viola, that sailed to Louisiana,
Alabama, Florida, and Brazil. His brothers, H. T. Vennard and Matthew B. Vennard, were captains of a few of the ships.
Vennard moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and married Ariadne Shapleigh Locke in 1835.
They had seven children, Francis Allen, Andrew Bell, Abbie Underwood, William Lawrence, Emma Greenleaf, Helen Bell, and Franklin V.
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.
Vennard, Andrew B. (Andrew Bell), 1808-1857
Vennard, Matthew B.
Garden Key (Ship)
Gent Brooks (Brig)
John Dunlop (Ship)
Portsmouth (N. H.)
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.
Andrew B. Vennard Papers, MH 225, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.
The collection was purchased (acc 16,836).
Collection processed and cataloged by Marissa Szumowaki, October 2011.