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

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Inventory of the Smith Family Papers

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Smith Family Papers
Date Span:
1677-1829
Creator:
Smith family
Mss Number:
Mss 27
Extent:
8 inches
Abstract:
Business and personal papers of a Dartmouth, Massachusetts, family, 1677-1829.
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Historical Note

Peleg Smith (1700-1778) was a Dartmouth, Massachusetts, farmer who served as town selectman from 1753-1754 and also acted as clerk for the Dartmouth Monthly Meeting of Friends, about 1727-1759. He married Mary Howland (d. 1776) in 1721 and had eight children, including John (b. 1725), Anne Smith Russell (b. 1733), and Peleg Jr. (b. 1730). Peleg Smith's brother, Humphrey Smith (1705-1777), also was active in town politics and the Dartmouth Monthly Meeting, while his cousins, Thomas (b. 1740) and Benjamin (b. 1729) Smith, were Dartmouth merchants. Peleg Smith Jr. was a shipmaster involved in the coastwise trade who principally dealt with merchants in North Carolina. He also outfitted at least two of his vessels for whaling cruises off Nantucket, Mass. He had four children, Lowry (b. 1763), Elihu (b. 1768), John (b. 1770), and Christopher (b. 1772).

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Scope and Content Note

Materials in this collection primarily reflect the business and religious activities of the members of the Smith family of Dartmouth, Mass., between 1677-1823. The bulk of the material concentrates on Peleg Smith and Peleg Smith Jr. Of primary importance in the elder Smith's papers are records which he collected, generated, or received while serving as clerk of the Dartmouth Monthly Meeting of Friends. This material, dating from 1677-1768, includes incoming and outgoing correspondence and related documents concerning the Friends' refusal to serve in the Massachusetts militia during the French and Indian War. Peleg Smith's other papers consist of incoming and outgoing personal and business correspondence, 1739-1778, reflecting his duties as selectman; legal documents, 1727-1778, including estate records and several warrants against Smith; financial records, 1723-1775; and memoranda and miscellany, 1741-ca. 1750.

The papers of Peleg Smith Jr. reflect his activities as a shipmaster and consist of incoming and outgoing business and personal correspondence, 1758-ca. 1807; legal documents, 1761-1790; financial records, 1760-1803, including ship's papers for such vessels as the Patience (Sloop) and Polly (Sloop); and memoranda, 1762-1773. Also represented by correspondence, legal documents, and financial records dating from 1750-1829, are Humphrey Smith, John Smith, Benjamin Smith, Anne Smith Russell, Thomas Smith, Lowry Smith, Elihu Smith, and Christopher Smith. A final sub-group of this collection contains correspondence, legal documents and fragmentary account records, ca. 1750-1823, believed to have belonged to Smith family members.

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 27 [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. J.E. Bradford in October 1933.

Processing Information

Processed by: Barbara E. Austen, ca. 1982

Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 14 August 2011; box list appended by Mark Procknik, 8 March 2012

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

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Description

Sub-group 1: Peleg Smith Papers, 1677-1778 [2 inches]
Sub-group 1 contains the incoming and outgoing business and personal correspondence, clerk's records of the Dartmouth Monthly Meeting of Friends, legal documents, financial records, memoranda, and miscellany of Peleg Smith.
Series A: Correspondence, 1737-1778
Box 1
Folder 1
Incoming, 1745-1772
Folder 2
Outgoing, 1739-1778
Folder 3
Letter fragments, 1737-1769
Series B: Clerk's Records, Dartmouth Monthly Meeting of Friends, 1677-1768
Folder 1
Incoming correspondence, 1741-1757
Folder 2
Outgoing correspondence, 1719-1762
Folder 3
Letter fragments, ca. 1755, 1757
Folder 4
Reports of meetings, 1739-1768
Folder 5
Articles, 1677-ca. 1760
Folder 6
Petition, 1720
Judgement, ca. 1750
Folder 7
Accounts of "sufferings," 1755-1756
Estate account, ca. 1755
Folder 8
"Observations Divine and Morall," ca. 1760
Series C: Legal Documents, 1727, 1735, 1739-1778
Folder 1
Certificate, 1727
Decision, 1735
Testimony, 1751
Warrants, 1756, 1772
Folder 2
Estate records, 1739-1778
Deeds, 1777
Will, ca. 1777
Folder 3
Agreements, 1750-1765
Indenture, 1755
Power of attorney certificates, 1759, 1769
Series D: Financial Records, 1723-1775
Folder 1-2
Accounts current, 1723-1765
Folder 3
Promissory notes, 1741-1768
Folder 4-5
Bills and receipts, 1730-1775
Series E: Memoranda and Miscellany, 1741, ca. 1750
Folder 1
Memoranda on crop yield per acre, ca. 1750
Index, ca. 1750
Medical "receipt," 1741
Sub-group 2: Humphrey Smith Papers, 1751-1775 [9 items]
Sub-group 2 consists of business correspondence, a deposition, and the accounts of Humphrey Smith.
Series A: Correspondence, 1758, 1766
Folder 1
1758, 1766
Series B: Legal Documents, 1765
Folder 1
Deposition, 1765
Series C: Accounts Current, 1751-1775
Folder 1
1751-1775
Sub-group 3: John Smith Papers, ca. 1750, 1795 [2 items]
Sub-group 3 contains John Smith's bills and receipts.
Series A: Bills and Receipts, ca. 1750, 1795
Folder 1
ca. 1750, 1795
Sub-group 4: Benjamin Smith Papers, 1760 [3 items]
Sub-group 4 consists of the correspondence and financial records of Benjamin Smith.
Series A: Correspondence, ca. 1760
Folder 1
ca. 1760
Series B: Financial Records, 1760
Folder 1
Account, ca. 1760
Receipt, 1760
Sub-group 5: Peleg Smith Jr. Papers, 1758-ca.1807 [3 inches]
Sub-group 5 contains Peleg Smith Jr.'s incoming and outgoing business and personal correspondence, legal documents, financial records, and memoranda.
Series A: Correspondence, ca. 1760-ca. 1807
Sub-series 1: Incoming, ca. 1760-ca. 1807
Folder 1
ca. 1760-1776
Folder 2
1778-1780
Folder 3
1783-1789
Folder 4
1790-ca. 1807
Sub-series 2: Outgoing, ca. 1770-1793
Box 2
Folder 1
ca. 1770-1793
Sub-series 3: Letter Fragments, 1758-1795
Folder 1
1758-1795
Series B: Legal Documents, 1761-1790
Folder 1
Power of attorney certificates, 1761-1790
Folder 2
Deed, 1772
Complaint, 1774
Folder 3
Agreements, 1772, 1786
Indenture, 1787
Folder 4
Bills of sale, 1767, 1786
Series C: Financial Records, 1760-1803
Sub-series 1: Ship's Papers, 1759-1791
Folder 1
Defiance (Sloop), 1764-1765
Folder 2
Dolphin (Sloop), 1760
Good Intent (Sloop), ca. 1770
Humbird (Schooner), 1779
Molly (Sloop), 1782
Folder 3-4
Patience (Sloop), 1785-1790
Folder 5-7
Polly (Sloop), 1790-1791
Folder 8
Seaflower (Sloop), 1759-1764
Folder 9
Account for unknown vessel, ca. 1770
Sub-series 2: Accounts Current, 1760-1798
Folder 1
1760-1786
Folder 2
1789-1798
Folder 3
Fragments, ca. 1770-1780
Sub-series 3: Promissory Notes, ca. 1760-1799
Folder 1
ca. 1760-1787
Folder 2
1778-1799
Sub-series 4: Bills and Receipts, 1760-1803
Folder 1-5
1760-1803
Series D: Memoranda, 1762, 1773
Folder 1
Account of journey, 1762
Description of dream, 1773
Sub-group 6: Anne Smith Russell Papers, 1778 [1 item]
Sub-group 6 consists of a legal release pertaining to Anne Smith Russell.
Series A: Legal Documents, 1778
Folder 1
Release, 1778
Sub-group 7: Thomas Smith Papers, ca. 1780, ca. 1788 [2 items]
Sub-group 7 contains Thomas Smith's business correspondence.
Series A: Correspondence, ca. 1780, ca. 1788
Folder 1
ca. 1780
Concerning smallpox vaccination, ca. 1788
Sub-group 8: Lowry Smith Papers, ca.1780, 1784, 1793 [3 items]
Sub-group 8 consists of the family correspondence and financial records of Lowry Smith.
Series A: Correspondence, 1793
Folder 1
Letter to father, Peleg Smith Jr., 1793
Series B: Financial Records, ca. 1780, 1784
Folder 1
Receipt, ca. 1780
Bill, 1784
Sub-group 9: Elihu Smith Papers, 1782-1829 [22 items]
Sub-group 9 contains the correspondence, bond agreements, financial records of Elihu Smith.
Series A: Correspondence, 1787
Folder 1
1787
Series B: Legal Documents, 1809
Folder 1
Bond agreement, 1809
Folder 2
Bond fragments, 1809
Series C: Financial Records, 1782-1829
Folder 1
Accounts for Primrose (Schooner), 1815, 1821
Folder 2
Accounts for Roena (Sloop), 1809
Accounts for Speedwell (Sloop), 1802
Folder 3
Accounts current, 1788-1829
Folder 4
Promissory notes, 1782-1819
Bills and receipts, 1810-1819
Folder 5
Fragments of promissory note, ca. 1795
Account, 1799
Sub-group 10: Christopher Smith Papers, 1791 [1 item]
Sub-group 10 consists the accounts current of Christopher Smith.
Series A: Accounts Current, 1791
Folder 1
1791
Sub-group 11: Miscellaneous Family Papers, ca.1750-1823 [12 items]
Sub-group 11 contains Smith family correspondence, legal documents, and fragmentary account records.
Series A: Correspondence, ca. 1750-1823
Folder 1
ca. 1750-1823
Folder 2
Letter fragments, ca. 1750-ca. 1770
Series B: Legal Documents, ca. 1750-1778
Folder 1
Revocation of judgement, ca. 1750
Will, ca. 1750
Deed, 1763
Testimony, 1778
Series C: Account Fragments, 1810
Folder 1
1810

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Added Entries

Coastwise shipping--Mass.--Dartmouth
Conscientious objectors--Mass.--Dartmouth
Dartmouth, Mass.--Officials and employees
Decedents' estates--Mass.--Dartmouth
Friends
Friends in Massachusetts
Friends, Society of--Mass.--Dartmouth--Discipline
Friends, Society of--Rhode Island
Merchant seamen--Mass.--Dartmouth--Salaries, pensions, etc.
Merchant ships--Mass.--Dartmouth
Merchants--Mass.--Dartmouth
Military service, Compulsory--Mass.--Dartmouth
Municipal officials and employees--Mass.--Dartmouth
Pacifists--Mass.--Dartmouth
Russell, Anne Smith, b. 1733
Selectmen--Mass.--Dartmouth
Ship's papers
Shipmasters--Mass.--Dartmouth
Shmit family SEE Smith family
Smidth family SEE Smith family
Smit family SEE Smith family
Smith Family Papers
Smith Lowry, b. 1763
Smith family
Smith, Benjamin, b. 1729
Smith, Christopher, b. 1772
Smith, Elihu, b. 1768
Smith, Humphrey, 1705-1777
Smith, John, b. 1725
Smith, Peleg Jr., b. 1730
Smith, Peleg, 1700-1778
Smith, Thomas, b. 1740
Smithe family SEE Smith family
Smitt family SEE Smith family
Smitz family SEE Smith family
Smyth family SEE Smith family
Smythe family SEE Smith family
United States--History--French and Indian War, 1755-1763--Conscientious objectors
United States--History--French and Indian war, 1755-1763-- Friends, Society of
Whaling--Mass.--Dartmouth
Wills--Mass.--Dartmouth

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Vessel Names

Defiance (Sloop)
Dolphin (Sloop)
Good Intent (Sloop)
Humbird (Schooner)
Molly (Sloop)
Patience (Sloop)
Polly (Sloop)
Primrose (Schooner)
Roena (Sloop)
Seaflower (Sloop)
Speedwell (Sloop)

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