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Patterson family papers (M144)

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Title:
Patterson family papers
Creator:
Patterson family
ID:
M144
Date [bulk]:
Bulk, 1820-1859
Date [inclusive]:
1798-1928, undated (bulk 1820-1859)
Extent:
0.35 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
Family and business correspondence, images, bills, receipts, shipping documents, and journals, primarily concening Benjamin Patterson, with two small series for Actor P. Patterson and Benjamin Patterson Sands.
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Patterson Family Papers, George J. Mitchell Dept. of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

This collection focuses on three members of the Patterson family: Benjamin Patterson; his older brother, Actor Patten Patterson; and Benjamin's grandson, Benjamin Patterson Sands. Benjamin Patterson, son of Benjamin Sr. and Elizabeth Patten Patterson, was born August 20, 1798, and was a shipmaster in Saco, Maine. He went to sea in 1815 at the age of seventeen and lead a seafaring life for almost fifty years, never losing a vessel nor having a serious accident. He commanded ships calling at ports in South America, the East Indies, and Europe, and for many years was engaged in the cotton trade. Benjamin Patterson married Lucinda Truesdell on August 11, 1825, and they had seven children. His youngest son, Alfred, also followed a maritime career. Maria L. Patterson, his youngest daughter, left New York via steamer in the spring of 1867 to return to Saco. The steamer and her trunk arrived safely in Boston, but Maria was missing and was never located. Benjamin Patterson died at his home in Saco, Maine, on August 31, 1877.

Actor Patten Patterson, older brother of Benjamin Patterson, was born February 12, 1791, married Lydia Hutchins on September 26, 1821, and had two daughters. A shipmaster at Kennebunkport, Maine, he died January 11, 1869.

Benjamin Patterson Sands was born in Saco, Maine, on December 13, 1859, to Benjamin Patterson's daughter, Emma Patterson, and her husband, Albion Sands. Benjamin Patterson Sands was a non-graduate of the Medical School of Maine at Bowdoin College, Class of 1881. He died on November 6, 1930, in Brookline, Massachusetts.

The bulk of the collection concerns Benjamin Patterson, with two small series for Actor P. Patterson and Benjamin Patterson Sands. In addition to family and business correspondence, there are letters concerning the disappearance of Maria L. Patterson, family records, and images of family members. Bills, receipts, shipping documents, and journals kept by Benjamin Patterson while at sea are also included.

Organized in three series: Actor P. Patterson, 1820-1859, n.d.; Benjamin Patterson, 1798-1877, n.d.; and Benjamin Patterson Sands, 1928, n.d.

Series Description:

Family and business correspondence, bills, receipts, shipping documents, and daguerreotypes of Actor and Lydia Patterson.

Arrangement:

Organized alphabetically by material type.

Bills and receipts, 1820-1857

Box 1 Folder 1

Correspondence, 1825-1859

Box 1 Folder 2

Daguerreotypes of Actor and Lydia Patterson, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 3

Shipping documents, 1820-1839, 1850

Box 1 Folder 4

Series Description:

Journals kept by Benjamin Patterson while at sea, family records, family and business correspondence, and letters to Patterson concerning the disappearance of his daughter, Maria L. Patterson, in 1867. Benjamin Patterson's certificate of citizenship and certificate of admission to the New York Marine Society, as well as bills, receipts, and shipping documents, are included.

Arrangement:

Organized alphabetically by material type.

Bills and receipts, 1821-1862, 1873

Box 1 Folder 5

Bills of sale, 1833 Nov 6

Box 1 Folder 6

Broadside biographical sketch of Benjamin Patterson and family, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 7

Broadside reward for recovery of Maria L. Patterson [1867]

Box 1 Folder 8

Certificate of admission to New York Marine Society, 1828

Box 1 Folder 9

Certificate of citizenship, 1815 Jun 17

Box 1 Folder 10

Clippings, 1839, 1877

Box 1 Folder 11

Correspondence, 1820-1874

Box 1 Folder 12

Correspondence re: disappearance of Maria L. Patterson, 1867

Box 1 Folder 13

Deed and mortgage with Harrison Cleaves, 1844 Feb 13

Box 1 Folder 14

Family records, 1798-1874

Box 1 Folder 15

Journal (bound with mariner's exercise book), 1815-1868

Box 1 Folder 16

Journal and log book of bark "Eliza Thornton," 1848 Oct-Nov

Box 1 Folder 17

Notarized agreements concerning Benjamin and Alfred Patterson, 1865 Apr 5

Box 1 Folder 18

"Observations and remarks in various ports of the world," 1829-1841

Box 1 Folder 19

Photograph of Benjamin Patterson, circa 1875

Box 1 Folder 20

Shipping documents, 1820-1860

Box 1 Folder 21

Series Description:

Photographs and a tintype of Benjamin Patterson Sands and members of the Sands family, as well as calling cards.

Arrangement:

Organized alphabetically by material type.

Calling cards, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 22

Photographs and tintype, 1928, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 23
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