Inventory of the Pickens Family Papers In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research LibraryProcessed by: Barbara E. Austen, with assistance from Helen Frasier; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kermit DeweyFunds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.Inventory of the Pickens Family Papers In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Information for Researchers

Administrative Information

Description

Added Entries

Inventory of the Pickens Family Papers

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Pickens Family Papers
Date Span:
1796-1811
Creator:
Pickens family
Mss Number:
Mss 24
Extent:
1 linear foot
Abstract:
Business records and personal papers of a New Bedford and Boston, Massachusetts, family, 1796-1811.
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Historical Note

Thaddeus Pickens, born in 1774, was a New Bedford, Massachusetts, shipmaster and commercial agent who sailed merchant vessels out of New York City, New York, and Boston, Mass. between 1798-1811. He sailed to such European ports as Amsterdam and St. Petersburg, as well as to the East Indies for Murray & Mumford, New York merchants. Thaddeus Pickens' brother, John Pickens Jr. (1779-1825), was a Boston, Mass., merchant who occasionally sold goods for his brother, although he never had Thaddeus in his own employ. In 1797, Thaddeus Pickens married Peace Bennett (1775-1812), of New Bedford, Mass. He was lost at sea in 1811.

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Scope and Content Note

Materials in this collection concentrate on the business activities of Thaddeus Pickens between 1796-1811. His business and personal correspondence, 1799-1811, includes letters to his wife, Peace Bennett Pickens, and brother John Pickens Jr., as well as numerous letters to and from his employer, Murray & Mumford and various ship brokers and shipmasters. Many of these letters concern the Tripolitan War, 1801-1805, and the trade acts passed by Great Britain and France during the period of the Napoleonic Wars, 1803-1815. Also included are several letters referring to the United States Embargo Acts of 1807-1809.

Complementing Pickens' rich correspondence are financial records, 1796-1811, consisting of a day book, ship's papers for vessels of which he was master or agent, insurance records, accounts current, and bills and receipts; legal documents, 1800-1806, including a ship's protest and power of attorney certificates; and a merchant signal sheet, ca. 1805.

Other family members represented in the collection are Thaddeus Pickens' wife and brother. Peace Bennett Pickens' papers, ca. 1803-1811, consist of incoming and outgoing personal correspondence, including a letter to her husband, and bills and receipts. The papers of John Pickens Jr. are comprised of business and personal correspondence to Thaddeus and Peace Bennett Pickens, 1800-1811.

Arrangement of Collection

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Information for Researchers

Access to the Collection

Unrestricted. Consult librarian for an appointment.

Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library Mss 24 [sub-group, series, sub-series, folder/volume as appropriate], [item]

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Materials in this collection were given to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by Mrs. Elizabeth Taber Price on 4 October 1935 and by Mildred C. Teeling, 11 December 1965.

Processing Information

Processed by: Barbara E. Austen, with assistance from Helen Frasier, ca. 1982

Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 27 July 2011; box list appended by Mark Procknik, 10 January 2012

Funds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Description

Sub-group 1: Thaddeus Pickens Papers, 1796-1811 [10 inches]
Sub-group 1 contains the incoming and outgoing business as well as personal correspondence, financial records, legal documents, and a merchant signal sheet of Thaddeus Pickens.
Series A: Correspondence, 1799-1811
Sub-series 1: Incoming, 1799-1811
Box 1
Folder 1
1799-1800
Folder 2-3
1801
Folder 4-5
1802
Folder 6
1803-1805
Folder 7
1805
Folder 8
1806
Folder 9
1807
Folder 10
1808
Folder 11
1810-1811
Sub-series 2: Outgoing, 1799-1810
Folder 1
1799-1804
Volume 1
1801-1804
Folder 2
1805
Folder 3
1806-1808
Folder 4
1809
Folder 5
1809-1810
Series B: Financial Records, 1796-1811
Sub-series 1: Day Books, 1803-1811
Volume 1
1803-1811
Sub-series 2: Ship's Papers, 1796-1807
Box 2
Volume 1
Columbia (Ship), 1796-1807
Folder 1-5
Columbia (Ship), 1798-1803
Includes Sea Letter
Folder 6-9
Desdemona (Ship), 1803-1807
Folder 10
Hardware (Ship), 1809
Folder 11
Harriot (Schooner), 1797-1798
Folder 12-13
Hope (Ship), 1800-1805
Volume 2
Hope (Ship), 1802-1804
SEE Volume 1
Folder 14-25
Ophelia (Ship), 1803-1807
Volume 3
Ophelia (Ship), 1804-1805
SEE Volume 1
Folder 26
Samuel Elam (Ship), 1807
Union (Ship), 1806
Folder 27
Miscellaneous papers for unknown vessels, ca. 1800
Sub-series 3: Insurance Records, ca. 1805-1806
Box 3
Folder 1
Desdemona (Ship), ca. 1805-1806
Sub-series 4: Accounts Current, 1802, 1806
Folder 1
1802, 1806
Sub-series 5: Bills and Receipts, 1797-1811
Folder 1-11
1797-1811
Includes town tax receipts
Series C: Legal Documents, 1800, 1803, 1806
Folder 1
Power of attorney certificates, 1806
Folder 2
Ship's protest for Columbia (Ship), 1800
Folder 3
Agreement, 1803
Series D: Merchant Signal Sheets, ca. 1805
Folder 1
ca. 1805
Sub-group 2: Peace Bennett Pickens Papers, ca.1803-1804, 1806-1807, 1810-1811 [7 items]
Sub-group 2 contains the incoming and outgoing personal correspondence of Peace Bennett Pickens along with her bills and receipts.
Series A: Correspondence, 1804, 1807
Folder 1
Incoming, 1807, ca. 1807
Folder 2
Outgoing, 1804
Series B: Bills and Receipts, ca. 1803, 1806, 1810-1811
Folder 1
ca. 1803, 1806, 1810-1811
Sub-group 3: John Pickens Jr. Papers, 1800-1811 [26 items]
Sub-group 3 consists of John Pickens Jr.'s business and personal correspondence.
Series A: Correspondence, 1800-1811
Folder 1
1800-1803
Folder 2
1803-1807
Folder 3
1808-1811

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Added Entries

Account books--New Bedford, Mass.--1803-1811
Barbary Pirates SEE United States--History--Tripolitan War, 1801-1805
Boston, Mass.--Commerce
Business records--Mass.--New Bedford
Commercial agents--Mass.--New Bedford
Embargo, 1807-1809
Europe--Politics and government--1789-1815
France--Commercial policy
France--History--Consulate and Empire, 1799-7815
Great Britain--Commerce--United States
Great Britain--Commercial policy
Great Britain--History--1800-1837
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford--Salaries, pensions, etc.
Merchant ships--Mass.--Boston
Merchant ships--Mass.--New Bedford
Merchant ships--New York--New York City
Merchants--Mass.--Boston
Murray & Mumford, New York City, New York
Napoleonic Wars SEE France--History--Consulate and Empire, 1799-1815
Netherlands--Commerce--United States
New York (City)--Commerce
Pickens family
Pickens, John Jr., 1779-1825
Pickens, Peace Bennett, 1775-1812
Pickens, Thaddeus, 1774-ca. 1811
Russia--Commerce--United States
Ship's papers
Shipmasters--Mass.--New Bedford
Shipping--Mass.--New Bedford
Shipping--New York--New York City
United States--Commerce--Great Britain
United States--Commerce--Netherlands
United States--Commerce--Russia
United States--Commercial policy
United States--History--Tripolitan War, 1801-1805

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Vessel Names

Columbia (Ship)
Desdemona (Ship)
Hardware (Ship)
Harriot (Schooner)
Hope (Ship)
Ophelia (Ship)
Samuel Elam (Ship)
Union (Ship)

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