Inventory of the Hathaway Family Papers In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research LibraryProcessed by: Jalien Hollister; machine-readable finding aid created by: Mark ProcknikInventory of the Hathaway Family Papers In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Scope and Content Note

Information for Researchers

Related Materials

Administrative Information

Description

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Inventory of the Hathaway Family Papers

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Hathaway Family Papers
Date Span:
1842-1875
Creator:
Hathaway family
Mss Number:
Mss 122
Extent:
1.5 linear feet
Abstract:
Primarily correspondence sent from California home to Fall River during and after the Gold Rush by Abner Hathaway (1826-1859) and Albert Hathaway (1827-1859).
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046

Historical Note

Abner Hathaway (1826-1859) and Albert Hathaway (1827-1859) were born the sons of Capt. Russell Hathaway (1790-1870) and his wife Rhoda Terry Hathaway (1790-1871). Captain Hathaway and Rhoda had a total of twelve children, most of whom died young. Their sons, Bradford (1829-?) and Job (1832-?) may have joined their older brothers in California as they are mentioned in the letters. The 1850 census lists Russell Hathaway as a farmer residing in Steep Brook, Fall River, Massachusetts.

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Scope and Content Note

Abner (1826-1859) and Albert (1827-1859) Hathaway's letters home from California describe their separate passages from Fall River to San Francisco at the beginning of the Gold Rush. During the following years they wrote about their lives as they try their luck at mining for gold and eventually find steady employment making shingles and managing a brick yard. They traveled and lived in the company of other men from the Fall River area and often report the news about their friends and relatives in their letters. Although always hoping to return home once they had made enough money, they both died bankrupt within months of each other in 1859.

There are numerous people mentioned in these letters and it is assumed that they are people familiar to their parents and are likely people from Fall River, MA. Subsequent letters From John Dyer and Samuel Reed (Read) inform Captain and Mrs. Hathaway of the deaths of their sons and their financial circumstances. David Terry Hathaway (1818-1843), an older son, writes of his experiences whaling aboard the bark Elizabeth and the ship Adeline. He was lost at sea in 1843. Additional letters and documents are related to the Sanborn family and other Hathaway relations. James Sanborn (1794-?) was related to Clara Sanborn Hathaway.

Arrangement of Collection

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Information for Researchers

Access to Collections

Unrestricted. Consult librarian for an appointment.

Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library Mss 122, [sub-group, series, sub-series, folder/volume as appropriate], [item]

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Related Materials

Related Manuscript Collections

Mss 8: Hathaway Family Papers

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Materials in this collection were donated to the New Bedford Whaling Museum in 2009 by Tracy and Neal Anderson as part of Accession #2009.41.

Processing Information

Processed by: Jalien Holliser, 2014

Encoded by: Mark Procknik, 16 April 2014

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Description

Please Consult Research Library for Detailed Description of Collection

Series I: Correspondence, 1849-1875 [16 linear inches]
Series I contains correspondence of Abner Hathaway (1852-1855), Albert Hathaway (1849-1858), John Dyer (1859), Samuel Read [Reed] (1859), John Miller (undated), David Hathaway (1842-1843), and James Sanborn (1869, 1871, 1875).
Series II: Additional Documents, 1852-1873 [2 linear inches]
Series II consists of materials related to members of the Hathaway family.

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Added Entries

Acapulco (Mexico)
Adams & Co.
Azores
Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula)
Barnaby, Bert
Bennett, James
Bolinas Lagoon (California)
Booth, John
Brown, Lewis
Bullock, Jesse
California--Description and travel
Clifford, Charles
Collins, George
Collins, Thomas
Dartmouth (Mass.)
Davis, George
Double Springs (Calif.)
Dyer, Jonathan
Ellis, Sarah W.
Fall River (Mass.)
Fraser River Canyon (B.C.)
Gold mines and mining
Hathaway family
Hathaway, Abner, 1826-1859
Hathaway, Albert, 1827-1859
Hathaway, Bradford, b. 1829
Hathaway, Clara Sanborn
Hathaway, David, 1818-1843
Hathaway, Edmund
Hathaway, Job, b. 1832
Hathaway, Jonathan
Hathaway, Rhoda Terry, 1790-1871
Hathaway, Russell, 1790-1870
Hathaway, Russell, Jr.
Hay
Magellan, Strait of (Chile and Argentina)
Marysville (Calif.)
Miller, Jonathan
Miller, Jonathan
Mines and mineral resources
Mission Creek (Calif.)
Mission San Delores
Newport (R.I.)
Pickens, Luther
Placerville (Calif.)
Porter, Benjamin
Quirol & Co.
Read, Bradford
Read, Samuel
Reed family
Reed, Emery
Reed, Jonathan
Reed, Lewis
Reed, Samuel
Reid family
San Francisco (Calif.)
San Juan (Porto Rico)
Sanborn family
Sanborn, James
Sanborn, James, b. 1794
Shingles
Sonora (Calif.)
Steep Brook (Mass.)
Stockton (Calif.)
Strawberry Valley (Yuba County, Calif.)
Sutter, Jonathan
Thurston, Eben
Thurston, Henry
Tuolumne (Calif.)
Vigilante Committee
Whaling
Wilson, Job
Winchester, Ezra
Winslow, Benjamin
Winslow, Harry
Winslow, William

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Vessel Names

Adeline (Ship)
George Washington (Ship)
Independence (Steamer)
Magnolia (Ship)
Prometheus (Steamer)
Robert (Brig)
Tennessee (Steamer)
Thomas (Schooner)
Thomas Watson

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Last Modified: April 16, 2014