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Foster Water (1805-1870) Papers

Foster Water (1805-1870) Papers

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FOSTER WATERMAN (1805-1870) PAPERS, 1854-1869

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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:Waterman, Foster, 1805-1869
Title:Foster Water (1805-1870) Papers
Dates:1854/1869
Quantity:.75 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:This collection includes correspondence, accounts current, bills, receipts, deeds, and invoices related to the business endeavors of Foster Waterman and his ship-building business in Medford, Massachusetts.
Identification:MH 231

Series List

SERIES I. Ships' Papers
SERIES II. Financial Documents

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes correspondence, accounts current, bills, receipts, deeds, and invoices related to the business endeavors of Foster Waterman and his ship-building business in Medford, Massachusetts. The collection has been arranged into two series.


Series I. Ships' Papers contains records documenting the vessels involved in Foster Waterman's ship building endeavors. The folders are individually designated by vessel name and arranged alphabetically. Records for these vessels typically include accounts current, bills of sale, invoices, rates of freight, and correspondence.


Series II. Financial Records documents the financial history of Foster Waterman's various business endeavors. The records include accounts current, bills, deeds, and correspondence with businesses involved in the shipping industry.


Biographical Sketch

Foster Waterman was born in Barnstable, Massachusetts on June 2, 1805 to Jotham Waterman (1774-1836) and Olive Phinney (d.1842). Waterman began his career as a ship carpenter, completing his apprenticeship with Captain Noah Brooks, of South Boston. In Medford, Massachusetts, he became a skillful ship builder, engaging in business as a member of the firm of Waterman & Ewell. He married Charlotte Vose Cushing (1809-1891) on April 13, 1830 in South Scituate, Massachusetts (now Norwell, Massachusetts) and the couple had five children: Charlotte Cushing Waterman (1833-1854); Louisa Maria Waterman (1836-1919); Lyman Foster Waterman (1839-1843); Lyman Foster Waterman (1846-1850); and Edwin F. Waterman (1851-1851). Waterman retired from ship building and engaged in business related to commerce, navigation, and real estate in Boston, Massachusetts. He became director of the Home for Aged Men and the Home for Orphans, contributing liberally to both charitable organizations. Waterman died on July 22, 1870, while at his summer home in Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts.


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.

Waterman, Foster, 1805-1870
Africa (Steamer)
Alice Ball (Ship)
Asia (Steamer)
Augusta (Bark)
Chasca (Bark)
Compeer (Ship)
Crusoe (Bark)
Edwin Flye (Ship)
Flying Eagle (Ship)
Hampden (Ship)
Helicon (Bark)
Hortensia (Ship)
Josiah Bradlee (Ship)
Morning Star (Ship)
Orion (Ship)
Panther (Ship)
Pocohantas (Ship)
Polynesia (Ship)
Shipbuilding
Shipping
Squantum (Ship)
Telegram (Ship)
Western Empire (Ship)
Wild Rover (Ship)
William Wirt (Ship)
Medford (Mass.)
Letters

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

Foster Waterman Papers, MH 231, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was found in the collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed and cataloged by Halley Grogan, December 2011.


Related Material

Jacobus, Donald Lines. The Waterman Family. New Haven, CT: 1939. Vol. II, pp.614-615.


Jacobus, Donald Lines. The Waterman Family. New Haven, CT: 1939. Vol. III, pp. 417.


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