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Shepley family papers (M162)

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Title:
Shepley family papers
Creator:
Shepley, Mary Fessenden Barrows, 1825-1892
ID:
M162
Date [inclusive]:
1802-1972
Extent:
3.0 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
Correspondence between members of the Shepley, Perley, Barrows, and Sergeant families of Maine; also includes manuscripts, journals, photographs, documents and printed ephemera.
Access Restrictions:

No Restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

Shepley Family Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.

This collection centers on the inter-related Shepley, Perley, Barrows, and Sergeant families, particularly Reuel Barrows (1791-1857), a physician in Fryeburg, Maine; his wife Nancy Perley Barrows (1791-1832), whom he married in 1820; and their daughter, Mary Fessenden Barrows Shepley (1825-[1892]), who married James Cunningham Shepley (1827-1873), Bowdoin Class of 1846. James Cunningham Shepley was a lawyer in St. Cloud, Minnesota, who reportedly died under mysterious circumstances while in Fresno, California, in April, 1873, leaving his wife Mary with three children: Annie Shepley, who married Hyozo Omeri on October 1, 1907; Elizabeth Shepley, who married Charles Sergeant; and George Barstow Shepley, who married Louise McElroy. Annie, Elizabeth, and George are also major correspondents in this collection; as is their niece, Katharine Sergeant Angell White (1892-1977), wife of author E. B. White. Reuel Barrows was married twice. After the death of his first wife, Nancy, Barrows married Anna Dana in 1834, and they had three children.Other family members with Bowdoin College connections are Ether Shepley (1789-1877), Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court (1848-1855), who served as Bowdoin Overseer (1821-1829) and Trustee (1829-1866); and two of his sons, John Rutledge Shepley (1817-1884), Class of 1837, who was a lawyer in St. Louis, Missouri; and Leonard Downes Shepley (1826-1878), Class of 1846, a merchant in Portland.The Perleys are related to General Israel Putnam; the family of President John Adams; and the Hathorne [Hawthorne], Porter, and Putnam families of Salem.

Correspondence, manuscripts, journals, photographs, documents and printed ephemera. The collection contains correspondence between members of the Shepley, Perley, Barrows, and Sergeant families, particularly Reuel Barrows, his wife Nancy Perley Barrows, and their daughter Mary Fessenden Barrows Shepley. Also includes manuscript and typescript notes written by Elizabeth and Charles Sergeant on a variety of topics; Nancy Perley's journal of a trip from Fryeburg, Maine (1818) to New Hampshire; Annie Shepley's diary of an 1889 visit to Moosehead Lake; as well as family photographs, financial documents and genealogical materials.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Series Description:

Principal correspondents in this series include Reuel Barrows, Nancy Perley Barrows, Mary Fessenden Barrows, James Cunningham Barrows, Annie Shepley Omori, Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, George Barstow Shepley, and Katherine Sergeant Shepley Angell White. Also included are typescript excerpts of several series of letters from: Annie Shepley Omori, Phebe Fessenden, James C. Shepley, and the Barrows and Perley families.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Correspondence: 1802-1813

Box 1 Folder 1

Correspondence: 1814-1816

Box 1 Folder 2

Correspondence: 1817-1818

Box 1 Folder 3

Correspondence: 1819

Box 1 Folder 4

Correspondence: 1820-1821

Box 1 Folder 5

Correspondence: 1821-1835

Box 1 Folder 6

Correspondence: 1836-1840

Box 1 Folder 7

Correspondence: 1841-1844

Box 1 Folder 8

Correspondence: 1845-1846

Box 1 Folder 9

Correspondence: 1847-1848

Box 1 Folder 10

Correspondence: 1849-1850

Box 1 Folder 11

Correspondence: 1850-1852

Box 1 Folder 12

Correspondence: 1853

Box 1 Folder 13

Correspondence: 1854-1856

Box 1 Folder 14

Correspondence: 1857-1860

Box 1 Folder 15

Correspondence: 1861-1862

Box 1 Folder 16

Correspondence: 1863-1865

Box 1 Folder 17

Correspondence: 1866-1867

Box 1 Folder 18

Correspondence: 1868

Box 1 Folder 19

Correspondence: 1869-1872

Box 1 Folder 20

Correspondence: 1873 Jan-May

Box 1 Folder 21

Correspondence: 1873 Jun-Dec

Box 1 Folder 22

Correspondence: 1874 Jan-May

Box 1 Folder 23

Correspondence: 1874 Jun-Sep

Box 1 Folder 24

Correspondence: 1874 Oct-Dec

Box 1 Folder 25

Correspondence: 1875 Jan-Feb

Box 1 Folder 26

Correspondence: 1875 Mar-Dec

Box 1 Folder 27

Correspondence: 1876

Box 1 Folder 28

Correspondence: 1877 Jan-Mar

Box 1 Folder 29

Correspondence: 1877 Apr-Aug

Box 1 Folder 30

Correspondence: 1877 Sep-Dec

Box 1 Folder 31

Correspondence: 1878-1879

Box 1 Folder 32

Correspondence: 1880 Jan-Aug

Box 1 Folder 33

Correspondence: 1880 Sep-Dec

Box 1 Folder 34

Correspondence: 1881 Jan-Apr

Box 1 Folder 35

Correspondence: 1881 May-Jul

Box 1 Folder 36

Correspondence: 1881 Aug-Oct

Box 1 Folder 37

Correspondence: 1881 Nov-Dec

Box 1 Folder 38

Correspondence: 1882 Jan-Sep

Box 1 Folder 39

Correspondence: 1882 Oct-Dec

Box 1 Folder 40

Correspondence: 1883 Jan-Apr

Box 1 Folder 41

Correspondence: 1883 May-Sep

Box 1 Folder 42

Correspondence: 1883 Oct-Dec

Box 1 Folder 43

Correspondence: 1884 Jan-Feb

Box 1 Folder 44

Correspondence: 1884 Mar-Dec

Box 1 Folder 45

Correspondence: 1885 Jan-Sep

Box 1 Folder 46

Correspondence: 1885 Oct-Dec

Box 1 Folder 47

Correspondence: 1886 Jan-Jul

Box 1 Folder 48

Correspondence: 1886 Aug-Dec

Box 1 Folder 49

Correspondence: 1887

Box 1 Folder 50

Correspondence: 1888 Jan-Oct

Box 1 Folder 51

Correspondence: 1888 Nov-Dec

Box 1 Folder 52

Correspondence: 1889Jan-Feb

Box 1 Folder 53

Correspondence: 1889 Mar-Apr

Box 1 Folder 54

Correspondence: 1889 May-Jun

Box 1 Folder 55

Correspondence: 1889 Jul-Sep

Box 1 Folder 56

Correspondence: 1889 Oct-Dec

Box 1 Folder 57

Correspondence: 1889, undated

Box 1 Folder 58

Correspondence: 1890 Jan-Sep

Box 1 Folder 59

Correspondence: 1890 Oct-Dec

Box 1 Folder 60

Correspondence: 1891 Jan-Apr

Box 1 Folder 61

Correspondence: 1891 May-Dec

Box 1 Folder 62

Correspondence: 1892

Box 1 Folder 63

Correspondence: 1893

Box 1 Folder 64

Correspondence: 1894 Jan-Jun

Box 2 Folder 1

Correspondence: 1894 Jul-Aug

Box 2 Folder 2

Correspondence: 1894 Sep-Dec

Box 2 Folder 3

Correspondence: 1895

Box 2 Folder 4

Correspondence: 1896-1897

Box 2 Folder 5

Correspondence: 1900-1902

Box 2 Folder 6

Correspondence: 1905-1919

Box 2 Folder 7

Correspondence: 1920-1929

Box 2 Folder 8

Correspondence: 1934-1938

Box 2 Folder 9

Correspondence: 1939-1940

Box 2 Folder 10

Correspondence: 1941-1957

Box 2 Folder 11

Correspondence: 1965

Box 2 Folder 12

Correspondence: 1966-1972

Box 2 Folder 13

Correspondence: undated [ca. 1843-1852]

Box 2 Folder 14

Correspondence: undated [ca. 1874-1896]

Box 2 Folder 15

Correspondence: undated

Box 2 Folder 16

Correspondence: undated

Box 2 Folder 17

Correspondence: undated

Box 2 Folder 18

Correspondence: undated

Box 2 Folder 19

Correspondence: Miscellaneous Fragments

Box 2 Folder 20

Correspondence: Ts. Excerpts, Barrows Family

Box 2 Folder 21

Correspondence: Ts. excerpts: Mrs. Phebe Fessenden

Box 2 Folder 22

Correspondence: Ts. excerpts, Nancy Perley

Box 2 Folder 23

Correspondence: Ts. excerpts, Annie Shepley Omari, pp. 1-26

Box 2 Folder 24

Correspondence: Ts. excerpts, Annie Shepley Omari, pp. 27-50

Box 2 Folder 25

Correspondence: Ts. excerpts, Annie Shepley Omari, pp. 51-75

Box 2 Folder 26

Correspondence: Ts. excerpts, Annie Shepley Omari, pp. 76-100

Box 2 Folder 27

Correspondence: Ts. excerpts, Annie Shepley Omari, pp. 101-125

Box 2 Folder 28

Correspondence: Ts. excerpts, Annie Shepley Omari, pp. 126-146

Box 2 Folder 29

Correspondence: Ms. and Ts. excerpts, James C. Shepley

Box 2 Folder 30

Correspondence: Ts. excerpts, Souther Family

Box 2 Folder 31

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by author.

Series Description:

This series contains manuscript notes for the unpublished "Short As Any Dream" by Elizabeth S. Sergeant as well as other manuscripts and typescripts written by Elizabeth and her husband Charles Sergeant; New England travel journals belonging to Nancy Perley (1818) and Annie Shepley Omori (Moosehead Lake, 1889); and several children's compositions.

Perley, Nancy, 1818 Aug 10-22, Journal of trip from Freyburg, Me. to N.H.

Box 2 Folder 32

[Shepley, Annie B. ?] 1889

Box 2 Folder 33

Sergent, Charles S., 1884, "A Day on The River With Old Pete Martin," ms. and ts. drafts

Box 2 Folder 34

Sergeant, Elizabeth S., Autobiographical memoir (1st draft of 1st chapter)

Box 2 Folder 35

Sergeant, Elizabeth S., Ms. and ts. for "Short as Any Dream," notes on: Dr. Alexander Ramsey

Box 2 Folder 36

Sergeant, Elizabeth S., Ms. and ts. for "Short as Any Dream," notes on: the 1850's

Box 2 Folder 37

Sergeant, Elizabeth S., Ms. and ts. for "Short as Any Dream," notes on: Freyburg

Box 2 Folder 38

Sergeant, Elizabeth S., Ms. and ts. for "Short as Any Dream," notes on: Freyburg Church

Box 2 Folder 39

Sergeant, Elizabeth S., Ms. and ts. for "Short as Any Dream," notes on: Minnesota

Box 2 Folder 40

Sergeant, Elizabeth S., Ms. and ts. for "Short as Any Dream," notes on: San Francisco

Box 2 Folder 41

Sergeant, Elizabeth S., Ms. and ts. for "Short as Any Dream," notes on: Shepleys, Perleys, and Fessendens

Children's compositions

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Series Description:

This series contains deeds, tax bills, appointments, leases, wills, promissory notes, family accounts, inventories of household goods, postcards, newspaper clippings and other printed material.

Deeds and tax bills, 1828-1866

Box 2 Folder 44

Family account books

Box 2 Folder 45

Family accounts, 1829-1866

Box 2 Folder 46

Inventories of household goods

Box 2 Folder 47

Leases

Box 2 Folder 48

"Minnesota Advertiser," 1857 Mar 26

Box 2 Folder 49

Miscellaneous documents

Box 2 Folder 50

Miscellaneous ephemera

Box 2 Folder 51

Newspaper clippings

Box 2 Folder 52

Postcards

Box 2 Folder 53

Promissory notes and bills, 1825-1867

Box 2 Folder 55

Shepley, John: appointments as Justice of the Peace and Court reporter

Box 2 Folder 56

Wills, etc. (ms. and ts. copies)

Box 2 Folder 57

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Series Description:

This series contains a photocopy of a Shepley family genealogy written by Annie Shepley Omori in 1939; a copy of "The Story of Our Forebears" (1903) by Elizabeth Shepley Reed; and notes pertaining to the Barrows, Perley, Sergeant, and Shepley families.

Aunt Poo [Omori, Annie Shepley], 1939, "A Tribute to Out Common Past," Autobiography (photocopy)

Box 2 Folder 58

Chart for identifying correspondents

Box 3 Folder 1

Barrows family

Box 3 Folder 2

Perley Family Records

Box 3 Folder 3

Perley Family history

Box 3 Folder 4

Reed, Rebecca Perley, "The Story of Our Forbears," 1903

Box 3 Folder 5

Sergeant Family

Box 3 Folder 6

Sergeant Family

Box 3 Folder 7

Sergeant Family (copies of materials in other collections)

Box 3 Folder 8

Shepley Family

Box 3 Folder 9

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by size.

Series Description:

This series contains photographs, including daguerreotypes, tintypes and cyanotypes, of family members and houses.

Photographs: Medium and large photographs

Box 3 Folder 10

Photographs: Extra-large photographs

Box 3 Folder 11

Photographs: James C. Shepley in Uniform

Box 4 Envelope 1

Photographs: Mary F. Barrows (Garty)

Box 4 Envelope 2

Photographs: Daguerreotype in frame, Mary F. Barrows (Garty) standing and ?

Box 4 Envelope 3

Photographs: "Great Grandmother Shepley" daug.

Box 4 Envelope 4

Photographs: Piece of daguerreotype case for Mary F. Barrows (Garty) standing and ?

Box 4 Envelope 5

Photographs: Piece of daguerreotype case for Mary F. Barrows (Garty) standing and ?

Box 4 Envelope 6

Photographs: Piece of daguerreotype case for Mary F. Barrows (Garty) standing and ?

Box 4 Envelope 7

Photographs: Tintype in frame, Mr. and Mrs. James C. Shepley

Box 4 Envelope 8

Photographs: Tintype

Box 4 Envelope 9

Photographs: Cyanotype "3 Mrs. Judith Andrews nee [mother?] 2 " Mary Shepley " Barrows 1 " Sarah Bradley " Johnston "

Box 4 Envelope 10

Photographs: Tintype "Bennie Oakford - after 1876"

Box 4 Envelope 11

Photographs: Albumen Carte de Visite

Box 4 Envelope 12

Photographs: Senator Pitt Fessenden

Box 4 Envelope 13

Photographs: Woman [Annie Shepley Omori?] (with envelope)

Box 4 Envelope 14

Photographs: Painting of Enoch Perley (1825)

Box 4 Envelope 15

Photographs: Paintings of John Perley and Sarah Treadwell Perley (1825) (2)

Box 4 Envelope 16

Photographs: Perley ? house (5)

Box 4 Envelope 17

Photographs: Two houses in field

Box 4 Envelope 18

Photographs: "Where my father [Enoch Perley?] is buried" with envelope

Box 4 Envelope 19

Photographs: Samuel Perley House, undated

Box 4 Envelope 20

Photographs: "Fessenden House" [Front Door]

Box 4 Envelope 21

Photographs: "Fessenden House"

Box 4 Envelope 22

Photographs: "Nancy's[?] Place"

Box 4 Envelope 23

Photographs: "House in Naples [Maine] where my mother lived as a little girl"

Box 4 Envelope 24

[a house]

Box 4 Envelope 25
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