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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:Whittredge, Thomas C., 1799-1854
Title:Whittredge Family Papers
Quantity:4 linear feet (5 boxes)
Abstract:This collection contains the papers of the Whittredge family including business papers, shipping papers, correspondence, bills, and journals.
Identification:MH 233

Series List

SERIES I. Thomas C. Whittredge Papers
A. Shipping Papers: Edward (Brig)
B. Financial Records
C. Correspondence
SERIES II. Charles E. Whittredge Papers
A. Correspondence
B. Journals
C. Ephemera
SERIES III. Whittredge Family Papers

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the papers of the Whittredge family including business papers, shipping papers, correspondence, bills, and journals. The collection is arranged into three series.

Series I. Thomas C. Whittredge Papers contains the business and personal papers of Thomas Whittredge. This series is broken down into three subseries. Subseries A. Shipping Papers: Edward (Brig), arranged chronologically, contains the papers relating to said brig, which was owned by Thomas Whittredge. These papers include an account book (1823-1829), cargo manifests, current pricing papers, port fees, invoices, shipping documents, and consulate papers. These papers come from around the world, but focus mainly on ports in Brazil (i.e. Rio de Janeiro and Bahia) and Salem, Massachusetts. Subseries B. Financial Records contains a ledger (1814-1828) and the bills, invoices, and receipts collected by Thomas Whittredge and his family from 1816 to 1858; these include purchases made, services rendered (i.e. medical attention, piano lessons), and utilities (i.e. water). Subseries C. Correspondence includes the letters written to and from Thomas Whittredge while at home or at sea. Correspondents include Whittredge's many business contacts from around the world, and his father, Thomas Whittredge, Sr.

Series II. Charles E. Whittredge Papers contains the personal papers of Charles Whittredge. This series is broken down into three subseries: Subseries A. Correspondence; Subseries B. Journals; and Subseries C. Ephemera. Subseries A. Correspondence includes the letters written by and to Charles Whittredge. The major correspondents in this series are Susan Whittredge (mother), Frank Kennedy, Chas Sanders, and C. E. Lord. Subseries B. Journals contains the diaries kept by Whittredge between 1878 and 1886; the diary from 1885 is missing. Subseries C. Ephemera includes pamphlets distributed by groups detailing the dance numbers performed at events. These come from different halls located in Massachusetts, particularly Hamilton Hall, Creamer Hall, and Papanti's Hall. It also contains invitations received by Whittredge to attend weddings, christenings, and social gatherings. Other items included are newspaper clippings, tickets, various writings, and a passport.

Series III. Whittredge Family Materials contains the family materials related to the Whittredge family (including Henry, John, Caroline, and Lucy Whittredge). These items include deeds, estate papers, newspaper clippings about tax information, wills from several family members, genealogical papers, and copy books of Caroline and Lucy Whittredge.

Note: All original newspaper clippings are restricted, and have been replaced by photocopies where they would normally appear in the collection.

Biographical Sketch

Thomas C. Whittredge was captain of the Edward (Brig) and a merchant from Salem, Massachusetts. He was born on May 28, 1799 to Thomas and Sarah Whittredge of Salem, Massachusetts. Throughout his career, Whittredge traveled to places around the world, but mostly to Europe and South America. Whittredge married Susan Mead, on May 7, 1827; together they had seven children, Elizabeth (b. 1828), Susan (1829 - 1832), Sarah (1831 - 1832), Susan (b. 1933), Mary (b. 1834), Thomas (1837 - 1838), and Charles (1841 - 1920), three of whom died early in their lifetimes. Whittredge and his family lived on Federal Street in Salem. He died on January 26, 1854 at age 54.

Charles E. Whittredge, the youngest child and only living son of Thomas C. Whittredge and Susan Whittredge, was born on July 12, 1841. He grew up in the home of his parents on Federal Street in Salem with his siblings. In April, 1861, at age 20, Whittredge enlisted to fight in the Civil War as a Private in Company I of the 8th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Later that same year on August 1, his company was mustered into service in Boston, Massachusetts. After his time in the military, Whittredge returned to Massachusetts and by 1870 was living with his sister, Susan, and her husband William C. Waters in Roxbury, Massachusetts. During the late 1870s and into the 1880s Whittredge lived and worked in Boston as a clerk at the Sullivan & Waukeag Silver Mining Company. He died on September 9, 1920 at age 79.

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.

Bennett, James H
Birkhead, James
Choate, Amos
Crowninshield, F. B. (Francis Boardman), 1809-1877
Fisher, Nathaniel
Fowler, Samuel, 1749-1813
Very, Isaac
Whittredge, Caroline
Whittredge, Charles E.; 1841-1920
Whittredge, Henry
Whittredge, John
Whittredge, Livermore
Whittredge, Lucy
Whittredge, Susan
Whittredge, Thomas C., 1799-1854
Whittredge, William
Wood, Israel
James Birckhead and Co.
Edward (Brig)
Ship captains
Ships' papers
Beverly (Mass.)
Salem (Mass.)
Account books
Commonplace books


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Administrative Information


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

Whittredge Family Papers, MH 233, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.


This material was acquired through various sources. The majority of this material was a gift from William C. Waters on April 3, 1957 (acc 14,131). Mr. Waters had previously donated the account book for the Edward (Brig) in 1926. The copy books of Lucy and Caroline Whittredge, formerly arranged as Fam. Mss. 1091, were a gift of Mrs. Dexter Hunneman in March, 1952. Related family deeds, wills, and genealogical records, formerly arranged as Fam. Mss. 1092 and 1093, were incorporated with this collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed and cataloged by Matthew McNichol, April 2012.

Related Material

Massachusetts. Adjutant General's Office. (1931) Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the Civil War (Vol. I). Norwood, MA: The Norwood Press.

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