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Captain John Thomas papers (M175)

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Title:
Captain John Thomas papers
Creator:
Thomas, John
ID:
M175
Date [inclusive]:
1783-1871, undated
Extent:
1.0 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
The bulk of this collection comprises personal and professional correspondence, ships' documents, an account book pertaining to several ships including the Margaret and the Hannibal, as well as miscellaneous writings, receipts, and deeds and documents concerning the Purington estate.
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

Captain John Thomas Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.

John Thomas was born in Bowdoinham, Maine. He married Mary Harward of Bowdoinham, daughter of shipbuilder Thomas Harward. He became the master of Harward Ships the Maragaret and the Hannibal.Thomas spent a great deal of time at sea while Mary managed the farm and took care of their two children. Captain Thomas died of yellow fever on December 9, 1832, aboard a ship off the west coast of Africa.

The bulk of this collection comprises personal and professional correspondence, primarily between Captain John Thomas and his wife, Mary, between the Thomas and Harward families, and with Sam G. Bowman concerning details of shipments to be carried out by Captain Thomas. The collection also contains ships' documents and an account book pertaining to several ships including the Margaret and the Hannibal; as well as miscellaneous writings, receipts, and deeds and documents concerning the Purington estate.

Series Description:

This series consists of mostly personal and some professional correspondence dating from 1810 to 1844. Many of these letters were written or recieved by Thomas while he was at sea. Frequent correspondents include the captain's wife, Mary Thomas, his brother and sister, and members of the Harward family. The principal business correspondent is Sam G. Bowman who writes with details of shipments shipments to be carried out by Captain Thomas.

Arrangement:

Arranged Chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Chronological List & Alphabetical Index of Correspondence

Box 1 Folder 1a

Correspondence: 1810

Box 1 Folder 1

Correspondence: 1815

Box 1 Folder 2

Correspondence: 1816

Box 1 Folder 3

Correspondence: 1817

Box 1 Folder 4

Correspondence: 1818

Box 1 Folder 5

Correspondence: 1819

Box 1 Folder 6

Correspondence: 1820, January-May

Box 1 Folder 7

Correspondence: 1820, June - December

Box 1 Folder 8

Correspondence: 1821, January-April

Box 1 Folder 9

Correspondence: 1821, April-December

Box 1 Folder 10

Correspondence: 1822

Box 1 Folder 11

Correspondence: 1823

Box 1 Folder 12

Correspondence: 1824, January-March

Box 1 Folder 13

Correspondence: 1824, April-June

Box 1 Folder 14

Correspondence: 1824, July-August

Box 1 Folder 15

Correspondence: 1824, September-December

Box 1 Folder 16

Correspondence: 1825, January-April 14

Box 1 Folder 17

Correspondence: 1825, April 15-April 30

Box 1 Folder 18

Correspondence: 1825, May-June

Box 1 Folder 19

Correspondence: 1825, July-December

Box 1 Folder 20

Correspondence: 1826, January-September

Box 1 Folder 21

Correspondence: 1826, October-December

Box 1 Folder 22

Correspondence: 1827

Box 1 Folder 23

Correspondence: 1828

Box 1 Folder 24

Correspondence: 1829

Box 1 Folder 25

Correspondence: 1830, January-June

Box 1 Folder 26

Correspondence: 1830, July-December

Box 1 Folder 27

Correspondence: 1831, January-April

Box 1 Folder 28

Correspondence: 1831, May-December

Box 1 Folder 29

Correspondence: 1832-1833

Box 1 Folder 30

Correspondence: 1840-1841

Box 1 Folder 31

Correspondence: 1843-1844

Box 1 Folder 32

Correspondence: 1843-1844

Box 1 Folder 32

Series Description:

Contains ships' documents and an account book organized by ship.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically and chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Ships' Account Book, 1807-1832

Volume-folio 1

"Bordeaux", 1815-1816

Box 1 Folder 34

"Harriot", 1817

Box 1 Folder 35

"Hamilton", 1819

Box 1 Folder 36

"Hamilton", 1820

Box 1 Folder 37

"Hamilton", 1821

Box 1 Folder 38

"Hamilton", 1822-1823

Box 1 Folder 39

"Margaret", 1823

Box 1 Folder 40

"Margaret", 1824

Box 1 Folder 41

"Margaret", 1825

Box 1 Folder 42

"Margaret", 1826

Box 1 Folder 43

"Flamingo", 1826

Box 1 Folder 44

"Flamingo", 1827

Box 1 Folder 45

"Flamingo", 1827

Box 1 Folder 46

"Statira", 1828

Box 1 Folder 47

"Hope", 1830

Box 1 Folder 48

"Susan & Jane", 1830

Box 1 Folder 49

"Dromo", 1831

Box 1 Folder 50

"Macaudy", 1832

Box 1 Folder 51

"Macaudy", Account of goods belonging to late Capt. Thomas (4 pages)

Box 1 Folder 52

"Macaudy", Note clearing debts of Capt. Thomas (Oct. 3, 1833)

Box 1 Folder 53

"Macaudy", Newspaper account of the death of Capt. Thomas

Box 1 Folder 54

Ship Records, Undated

Box 1 Folder 55

Series Description:

Contains information about the Thomas family, including obituaries and an incomplete biography of Captain Thomas. Miscellaneous documents include writings and receipts as well as deeds and documents pertaining to the Purington estate.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabeticall and chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Notes and Biographical Data

Box 1 Folder 56

Miscellaneous Documents: 1808-1816

Box 1 Folder 57

Miscellaneous Documents: 1817-1818

Box 1 Folder 58

Miscellaneous Documents: 1819-1820

Box 1 Folder 59

Miscellaneous Documents: 1821-1822

Box 1 Folder 60

Miscellaneous Documents: 1823-1824

Box 1 Folder 61

Miscellaneous Documents: 1825-1826

Box 1 Folder 62

Miscellaneous Documents: 1827-1828

Box 1 Folder 63

Miscellaneous Documents: 1829-1830

Box 1 Folder 64

Miscellaneous Documents: 1831-1832

Box 1 Folder 65

Miscellaneous Documents: 1833-1834

Box 1 Folder 66

Miscellaneous Documents: 1835-1840

Box 1 Folder 67

Miscellaneous Documents: 1841-1843

Box 1 Folder 68

Miscellaneous Documents: 1844-1846

Box 1 Folder 69

Miscellaneous Documents: 1847-1848

Box 1 Folder 70

Miscellaneous Documents: 1850-1857

Box 1 Folder 71

Miscellaneous Documents: 1871

Box 1 Folder 72

Miscellaneous Documents: Undated

Box 1 Folder 73

Purington Estate, 1783-1799

Box 1 Folder 74

Purington Estate, 1800-1816

Box 1 Folder 75

Purington Estate, Miscellaneous 1811-1813

Box 1 Folder 76

Research Questions

Box 1 Folder 77
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